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Dreams Deferred: Legacy of American Apartheid
A film exploring the realities of a system of exclusion via the Criminal Justice System affecting the African American community. The focus is on drug laws from the 1970’s taking a national prison population of 300,000 to 2.5 million. The Children’s Defense Fund stating, “1 of 3 African American males will spend time in a prison or a jail withing his lifetime.” Discrepancies where 1 gram of ‘crack’ gets the same sentence as 100 grams of expensive cocaine, and these laws enforced in poor minority neighborhoods. Subsidies per ‘number of arrests,’ and ‘confiscations’ in billions to police departments. ‘Felony conviction’ with loss of vote, student loans, food stamps, public housing, and much more inhibiting re-entry to society.