How does the War on Drugs affect families of today? What challenges do families have in terms of employment, voting, education and relationships with children. Do you think we should support policies that treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue?
Discuss some of the individuals portrayed in American Violet and examine the different ways in which each individual was impacted as a consequence of the raid and subsequent results of being tried and jailed.
Because of the stereotypes that surround her, Dee faces many struggles throughout her trial. However, how does Dee demonstrate courage when standing up to those individuals who attack her character based on stereotypes and associations? Think about the impact that stereotypes have on individuals throughout the movie as well as the courage that these individuals exhibit.
Dee’s mother realizes, although Dee hasn’t always made decisions that have helped her in life, that doesn’t make her a drug dealer. Several individuals in the movie see Dee only in a negative light because of the decisions she has made. What are your thoughts?
Dee demonstrates tremendous courage throughout the movie. Her options are not easy ones to consider. If Dee accepts the plea bargain, she will become a convicted felon and what else could happen to her? What happens if Dee fights her conviction?
6. If faced with Dee’s situation, what choice do you believe you would make? Have you ever been faced with a decision of a similar magnitude? What was it and how did you deal with it?
7. Dee experiences several hardships and setbacks in the movie and she is up against a very powerful force, the District Attorney. With so many things conspiring against her, how did Dee stay strong? Discuss all the people in Dee’s life and how each of those individuals or groups of individuals gave her the strength she needed to continue? Besides courageous, what kind of qualities would you use to describe Dee?