Thanks for this perspective and metaphor. I’m encouraged by how you end, with hope. I take you at your word that the crime you committed was in the name of service to our country, and I can only imagine the pain of incarceration under those circumstances.
Thank you for your article. There are people working diligently on Prison Reform to the point of establishing Life Skills Academies and communities in place of incarceration. A great book to read is The Moor’s Sigh, by Salmon Rushdie. I will send a copy to the prison library. You can contact me upon release at www.ccfoglobal.org there is work to be done. Stay healthy.
Thanks for your writing and for your faith in our country and society. May it not be misplaced. Keep yourself safe and whole in there, and when you get out, let’s find a way to work together to break down the racial walls both in and out of prison.
Problems of this magnitude, these deeply fundamental ones, make me want to just throw my hands up and admit we’re all going to hell in a handbasket.
How any individual can hold onto the belief that they can instigate some of change let alone overhaul these institutions is bewilderingly fantastic, something I hope I can emulate.
That’s a powerful summary statement. The land of the free and the home of the brave as one giant prison. And people want to bitch and moan because some athletes won’t act out the correct rituals when the cult song of the nation-state that never does any wrongs is played.