President Barack Obama recently sat down with David Simon, the series creator and head writer of the iconic HBO series The Wire, to chat about the harsh realities of law enforcement in inner-city neighborhoods, drug trafficking, and prohibition.
Obama kicks of the conversation by stating that he is a huge fan of The Wire and asking Simon about the inspiration for the show. Simon explains that he took a detailed look at the drug trade and the amount of drug arrests compared to arrests for other crimes. The conversation then focuses on mass incarceration, which has resulted in a disproportionally large African American and Latino prison population. Obama analyzes Simon’s show, pointing out how criminals who were arrested and put in prison were trained to become even more hardened criminals. Other topics included the inspiration behind the character Omar, which is Barack’s favorite character, solutions to mass incarceration, and more.
Watch Barack Obama and David Simon’s 12-minute conversation, presented by the White House, in the player above.