Atlanta Filmmaker Continues to Explore the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Third Installment of Film
Julia Bond once said, "Violence is Black children going to school for 12 years and receiving six years' worth of education."
With incredible nuance and skill, award-winning filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz expresses the same sentiments in his critically acclaimed documentary series "Elementary Genocide." At the front and center of the controversial film is the issue of the school-to-prison pipeline, a systematic cycle that funnels children into the prison industrial complex. Many refuse to believe there is a targeted attack on the minds of Black youths through the education system, but Shabazz explores the outcomes of the education system on Black youths and the resulting funneling of them through the revolving doors of the criminal justice system.
The film made headlines for exposing this damning process, which largely affects Black children in poor neighborhoods. Part 2 of the film, titled "Elementary Genocide 2: The Board of Education vs. The Board of Incarceration," takes an even deeper look at the history of America's school system and how it was made to subjugate Black Americans. This installment proves that something threatening is afloat by digging deeper to explore its origin, its existence and how to plot a change that could save Black children.