Last night after finally watching Fixing The System I was shocked that there were only 2,500 views on the YouTube video but to my delight it’s great to see that people are starting to get around to viewing this mini-documentary that’s now currently at 18K+ views, put together by Vice’s very own Shane Smith. Knowing that I’m so close to this issue charged me to want to share this with all of you Champs. Facts always coming in handy when you set a trajectory of where you’d like to be and knowing that the 1 out of 3 black men will find himself incarcerated or in jail vs 1 out of 17 of their white male counterparts was just staggering to me. One of the thing I enjoyed the most about this documentary was how Smith manages to link up with some of the people that are closest to this issue including the Former Attorney General of the United States, the President of The United States, Police Officers, and even the prisoners families themselves that have been affected by unfair law practices.
Last year in July the very frist black president, Barack Obama became also the first sitting president to visit a federal prison in the United States of America. While going on his mission to decipher better ways to fix the broken judicial system he invited VICE to come along and film the historic event for their new documentary, Fixing the System, which investigates America’s broken criminal justice system.
The documentary premiered this past Sunday night on HBO, but I didn’t get a chance to see it as I was out covering the Landmark Music Festival here in Washington, D.C. Luckily, VICE was generous enough to stream it online for the next few weeks so everyone could gain the opportunity to watch this historical event.
The documentary is slated to only be available on HBO’s YouTube channel until Monday, October 12. So make sure you get an opportunity to watch it soon. It’s only available to stream in the United States.