A series of experimental animations that explore economic injustice.
Black Gold - The Mechanics of Oppression (1619 – 2018)
1619 - It’s not the first account of slavery in America, but this date can be seen as a symbolic beginning of the enslavement of African people for profit in America. Enslaved black bodies soon become the economic machine behind American growth and capitalism, both in the South and North.
1877 - The federal government ends reconstruction in 1877, but white people devise a new kind of slavery for African Americans: Jim Crow. White lawmakers and citizens create a culture of oppression for Black Americans that include unjust laws and extrajudicial lynchings. White landowners use sharecropping to squeeze wealth out of Black families by getting them in unpayable debt.
2018 - African Americans have nearly six times the incarceration rate of whites. “Corrections” is an $80 billion industry. “Despite roughly equal usage rates, Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana" - ACLU
"The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines..." - Wikipedia