Educate instead of incarcerate. This is my issue, my cause, my new focus for development. God has continued to have me take part in experiences and conversations that let me know more about my purpose in urban planning.
Frequently I become ill at the thought of incarceration. I began to understand the complexity of prison after reading both of Asha Bandele’s book’s regarding the details of falling in love with a man in prison (really good read for males and females). I have had family members in prison and have written letters to a few friends that were locked up but it wasn’t until recently that I have fully grasped the impact of incarceration and what it means to my future. To my sisters future. To my nieces future. To EVERYONE’S future.
I have worked with children for years now. As challenging as they can be, I have always been able to see the beauty in their struggles, creativity, excitement, and passion about things that probably mean nothing to me (but grow to mean something because I will take on any cause that matters to them). I fear that in the near future we will be a society almost void of black and brown men and all of their beauty.
I want to begin to fight for them, prisoners, on the policy end while also taking it to the streets. I know there is not just one way to win this battle, but that the tactics must take place simultaneously. Our youth are imprisoned before they can comprehend. Their parents un-educated to the point that they cannot help them understand consequences, choices, and alternatives; neither are they in circles that promote these abilities. Our youth are given trumped-up charges so that no matter how much they try to plea down, they still receive a felony. These felonies lead to loss privileges. Loss experiences. Loss ties.
- Visualizing the U.S. Punishment System …Graphics to Drive Home The Point (drhiphop85.com)
- Incarceration Nation (neverending1.wordpress.com)
- Privatizing Hell: The Economic Motives for Incarcerating America (dissidentvoice.org)