The House I Live In

Tuesday, September 27 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

The House I Live In

JOY REVIEW

The House I Live In is a very interesting documentary that looks at drugs and how the culture deals with drugs; in some ways, almost whitewashing racism that’s inherent in our society. And if the link isn’t obvious from my description, I think the documentary will make the argument quite clearly that the black population in this country is about 13% and they make up something like 90% of the prison population, and most of it is for non-violent drug offenses. For example, the difference between being caught with rock cocaine and powder cocaine is a factor 100 in terms of sentencing, and that crack cocaine is basically from the same stuff that powder cocaine is, but that it’s used in black communities — ethnic communities, rather than a middle class white community, and therefore, the sentencing differential, and the war on drugs is not only a huge failure but also a war on blacks and is really alienating the police from the community and the community from the police. It’s a very interesting documentary that really is worth seeing. Four stars.

Joy Meter