Alum Spencer Averick up for Oscar with '13th'

Thursday, February 23, 2017
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SANTA ROSA PRESS-DEMOCRAT -- The film, a Netflix original movie currently available for live streaming, meticulously connects the dots over a century and a half to demonstrate that a long series of policies, pushed with fear-mongering and scapegoating, have been used to turn prisons are the new plantations.

African Americans constitute nearly 1 million of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in U.S. prisons. Blacks have nearly six times the incarceration rate of whites, according to the NAACP.

“It’s a story few people knew in its entirely, said Averick, who grew up in Petaluma and got his Bachelor’s degree in television and film production from San Francisco State.

“People know there was an Emancipation Proclamation and Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. That’s all we know and we think history has moved on and everything is fine.”