By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Chief Spokesperson for End Prison Slavery in Texas
Revolutionary greetings, sisters and brothers!
Racism and bigotry are hard-wired into the main-frame of the criminal justice system in Amerika. I base this statement on the factual analysis of the conditions “on the ground.”
Yet, some government officials are fighting back. Texas Representative Garnet Coleman has introduced the Sandra Bland Act; among other things, it addresses the pervasive amount of racial profiling embraced by police and law enforcement agencies in Texas.
Coleman represents the portion of Houston, TX that I now call home, the Third Ward—affectionately known as “The Trey.” Like many of us, Representative Coleman took issue with the manner in which Sandra Bland was handled by a DPS officer in 2015. After her interaction with and detention by law enforcement following a simple traffic stop, Bland was found hanging in her cell at Waller County Jail. The final determination was suicide—but was it? We still don’t know!!
As an outspoken politicized prisoner trapped inside a Texas $lave Kamp, I’ve seen this “video” numerous times. Like me, Sandra was outspoken and down here in Texas if law enforcement can successfully “hide you,” they will try to kill you!! Just ask my Comrade and friend Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson; he can tell you a thing or two about prison officials conspiring to murder prisoners at the Bill Clements Unit located in Amarillo, Texas.
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of Texas Death Row prisoner Duane Buck. A defense witness said Mr. Buck would be more dangerous because he was BLACK. Chief U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts said, “Our law punishes people for what they do—not who they are.”
This sounds good, but it’s FAKE LOVE! That is not an accurate description of what we are seeing in Real Life. Case in point: Mumia Abu Jamal!! All of the evidence points to an elaborate conspiracy by Philadelphia cops and the Pennsylvania Appellate Court to punish Mumia because of who he is and what he represents.
Do any of us really believe that Mumia would have been taken off of Death Row unless there was an outrageous flaw in his case?? As my dad used to say, “sumthin’ definitely ain’t white in the milk!” Yes, there is certainly something dark and sinister going on in Pennsylvania. And as the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections attempts to withhold life saving Hepatitis-C treatment from Mumia, we must put a strobe light of media attention on Pennsylvania because to me it looks like pre-meditated murder.But let’s take a closer look at the racism and bigotry which has now penetrated the ranks of the death penalty abolition movement here in Amerikkka!! The proof:
On March 4, 2017, the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty was held in Geneva, Switzerland. During the meeting a telephone call came in from Mumia Abu Jamal, and he addressed the audience—at which point several members of the U.S. delegation got up and walked out in protest!
Now, in Amerika, the death penalty has been disproportionately forced upon communities of color which includes Black people. So after these decades of struggle, you mean to tell me Mumia has not earned the right to speak or be heard? Maybe the personality and white supremacist attitude and behavior of Donald J. Trump is affecting people within our RANKS??
In all fairness, if someone has a logical explanation for this FAKE LOVE, by all means, write me at my address below, because I’d like to know what it is about Mumia which offends certain death penalty abolitionists. Enlighten me!
Nevertheless, in Texas I’ve experienced the same type of hatred and hypocrisy coming from mainstream so-called prisoner rights activists and advocates. As I have recently said, in Texas there are two camps: one being predominantly White and Christian; they are exceptionally chummy and close to the prison officials who oppress and harm us. Then there is the other one—the one I belong to!—which is the Black, Mexican, Muslim, Gay, Lesbian, Socialist, Communist, Anarchist, Radical camp!
There certainly are white folks in our camp, but they don’t “skin and grin” when they are around the people who degrade, dehumanize, mistreat or abuse prisoners. No!! The White folks in our camp have a back bone!
Hello? Can you hear me now?!
And let me say this: there are Christian folks in our camp too!! But let’s get down and dirty here! Let me say this:
The best way for us to fight back against those who seek to abuse, mistreat, and exploit us is to embrace evidence-based thinking. In 2015, some dedicated comrades teamed up with me and we assembled a packet of information entitled, “Please Stop the Killing.” The info-pack detailed and described the mistreatment and abuse of prisoners housed at the Bill Clements Unit located in Amarillo, Texas. Senators John Whitmire and John Huffman, both ranking members of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee, as well as numerous media correspondents, were notified but nothing significant was done to stop the abuse.
District 15 in the city of Houston needs new representation in the Texas Senate. Ignoring and abandoning the ones who need him the most has become and established pattern of Senator John Whitmire. Leonardo da Vinci has a quote that describes Whitmire’s behavior: “He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.”
I repeat: He who does not punish evil command it to be done. Is anyone listening???
Bruce Toney, Bryan Collier, Lori Davis, Ken Paxton, and Greg Abbott: culpable!!
Female prisoners at the Lane Murray Unit, especially those in solitary confinement, better known as Administrative Segregation, are being mistreated and abused. Lane Murray Unit is located in Gatesville, TX. These violators of the public’s trust get in front of the bright lights of the TV cameras and lie to the public about what is really happening inside of facilities operated by T.C.D.J.
What we are seeing is FAKE LOVE and feigned ignorance!
I won’t remain silent. I will not go away. I’m here. You will hear me and you will provide humane conditions for our incarcerated sisters and brothers. I will not “skin and grin,” bow my head and shuffle my feet—will you help us??
Dare to struggle. Dare to win.
All power to the people!