OITNB: The Final Season

Entry Date: 4, August 2019 12:00 A.M

So, the Last Season of Orange is the New Black gave me all the feels. So much so I had to write about it while I’m still in this moment. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you bypass this post and go watch it.  Although OITNB is on my watchlist on Netflix, I wouldn’t consider myself to be a die-hard fan. However, season 6 and 7 truly inspired me and reaffirmed my vision. I truly appreciated how the writers and directors incorporated the relevant issues minority women are facing as black and colored inmates and immigrants. When we think about mass incarceration, we often think about African American and Latino young boys and men; but what about our women? 

Season 7 truly ignited even more passion in me to bring awareness to the issues minority women face in the justice system. It saddened me having to see the challenges of released women who were attempting to re-integrate back into society, the lack of support and tolerance they were fighting against, being sexually abused and harassed, how mental health and learning disabilities were disregarded, where suicide stems from, and the state of detention centers for immigrants. It saddened me but it also just put things into perspective. America, land of opportunity is failing us … and we need to create more opportunities for our community. 

Period.