17 Stories of Injustice to Watch After When They See Us

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

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Imagine living a nice, privileged life and being swept away into slavery. In 12 Years a Slave, a free, northern black man undergoes that very journey. For 12 years, he’s trapped as a slave, incapable of being returned to the life he led before. It’s a horrifying story, but one that illuminates how horrifying slavery was for black people at the time.

12 Years a Slave also speaks to the instability of being a black person in a nation where slavery is legal. There is no such thing as freedom. You will always be thought of as less than, and if you’re taken, no one will bat an eye.

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