Life Inside the Hellhole that is Rikers Island Jail, NYC (1/2)
16 Year Old High School Sophomore Kalief Browder
Slammed Face-First into a Railing While Hand-Cuffed by a Uniformed Officer
April 23, 2015
Scripture also says that the Lord Himself performs » righteous deeds of vindication for ALL who are oppressed.
If I were somehow appointed Judge of the living and the dead, I would certainly characterize this as oppression.
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "I will light this bitch up."
( Which should not be confused with » "I will light you up, bitch." )
Once the greatest civilization on the planet, Egypt is still fucked up .. several millenia later. You know. It's sad.
After many hours of careful consideration, I had to agree.
Because this shit is so fucked up, on so many levels, that,
beyond what I have already written here on the subject ..
.. I still feel compelled to (explicitly) state my objection. (I learned that word in court.)
An objection, in the context as used here, means something like »
» "This shit is so morally fucked up that lightning bolts are obviously headed this way ..
.. and I dont want any of your lightning bolts getting off on me.
So I do declare here-n-now that I am hereby against this shit."
I noticed that Justice Kennedy also quotes Dostoevsky and mentions Kalief.
The article concludes by saying that Justice Kennedy is saying »
(in his supremely esoteric legalese lingo)
» "Bring me a case so I can work my supremely well-informed mojo on this unrighteous bullshit."
As a product of Connecticut, and a resident of California, with friends in Jersey,
and as someone who lived in New York for barely a year,
I realize it is probably none of my business ..
But I was wondering how the residents of NYC feel about the recent trial ..
.. in Germany, of Oskar Groning, the Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz.
And what might constitute » complicity .. both moral & legal.
Because the uniformed officer picture here
is being paid by the citizens of NYC, no?
Your tax dollars hard at work.
Slamming hand-cuffed sophomores onto concrete flooring, head first.
I am most interested in how New York's (influential) Jewish community might feel about such things.
And do they see any paralleles between the facts behind Oskar's case ..
.. and those surrounding the treatment of blacks and minor-teenagers, such as Kalief, at Rikers Island?
And where their moral responsibility might lie in such matters of civil administration.
Does such treatment not provoke somewhere in you a sense of compassion .. for those treated similarly?
Or have you already become immune to such sensibilities?
Or does the color-of-their-skin make them a non-issue for you?
If you were wondering why so many blacks seem angry.
Wonder no more.
Is this your goal, Mr. Jail Man?
To fuck up the heads of black youth?
But not just one time, no.
Rather you need to keep at it, periodically repeating the training.
Anyway, this is not the only violence visited upon young Kalief. No, sir.
If you watch the video (6 mins), you'll see more such assaults.
This is why I feel that everyone involved in the prosecution and sentencing
of citizens to jail or prison .. should spend 3 days in the big house.
To get a better feel for the consequences of their actions & decisions.
Preferably on an annual basis, but right now I would gladly take a one-time deal.
The end. ■
Update - June 8, 2015
Oh, this is sad .. very sad.
Seems that the boy pictured in the photo above, Kalief Browder,
the one getting his face smashed into the metal railing while hand-cuffed ..
committed suicide this past weekend.
He hung himself .. in New York City .. just like Aaron did.
So young .. he was only 22.
What a shame. What a crying shame.
Here is an editorial from the editorial board at the Times.
I just wrote about him 6 weeks ago .. after viewing the video at the New Yorker.
On April 23rd.
» Notice Any Differences?
Compare the video of Kalief getting tossed around the concrete jungle on his head while cuffed
.. with this one [ « usa today] about a similarly-aged white teen.
Notice any differences? Other than skin color, I mean.
I will give Jennifer, the author of the original story, the final word. ■■■
Update June 22, 2015 » New York City Settles Suit Over Abuses at Rikers Island
Okay, now we're starting to get somewhere.
I do not know what this is like.
But it certainly sounds like it sucks immeasurably. ■■■■
Update July 17, 2015
Update August 13, 2015
And after dealing with the Curia and the Reign of Terror, your incarceration-loving asses will seem like a piece of cake.
Your asses are gonna feel like jelly when the Pope is done with you.
So you will understand if he seems downright merciless.
He is probably thinking » "They criticized me for not speaking out strongly enough during the reign of terror."
"No one will criticize me for not speaking out strongly enough against the injust obscene incarceration policies in the States."
"I will bring the thunder right to their doorstep. So help me, God."
Along with industry requests for ever more bodie$ to incarcerate.
The #1 growth industry in America .. going back several decades now.
» A Reasonable Challenge to Those in Love with the Idea of Incarceration
Surely, you are no better than the Lord Himself?
And seeing that you obviously think so highly of the idea of incarceration.
You shouldnt be so terribly reluctant to embrace the experience.
We are not asking you to go to hell.
( Tho I would not be very surprised if many of you wind up there. )
Nor are we asking you to spend decades locked up .. like you demand of so many others (for petty bullshit).
Is this not a reasonable request?
Seeing how enthusiastically you have been embracing the idea of incarceration.
The end. ■
Update October 6, 2015
Whew! That was close.
His arm was cocked back .. ready to hurl. I caught him just in the nick of time.
You shoulda seen the size of the lightning bolt he had trained on your asses.
On your incarceration-loving asses.
So this development is encouraging.
It falls short, waay short, of what is needed.
But encouraging nonetheless.
Update Oct 20, 2015
This is very encouraging .. because much happens at this level.
It can be difficult during these days of political dysfunction for us citizens to expect much from our political system.
But at the Chief-of-Police level .. these guys can make a real difference.
Update Oct 26, 2015
More good news for inmates.
Ooh, this is extra good.
Vincent .. I could kiss this guy.
Nothing like first-hand experience and the demonstration of results.
If I were king, I would tell him,
"Dude, give Harvard notice .. your ass is coming to work for me."
Then I would give him a big stick and a bag of carrots and tell him to go to work and,
"Do that thing you do so well."
He has many quotable quotes. I could easily get carried away.
» March 12, 2017 - How can it be, Lord?
At t=3:50 in this video, Joy asks,
"How can it be .. that someone can spend three years in Rikers without being convicted of anything?"
Julia Willoughby Nason, pictured here below, responds by saying,
"Working on this project I learned that Kalief's story is not unusual. The mass incarceration system in this country is a form of social and economic control .. and it's doing exactly what it's designed to do."
You might want to read that again .. or better yet, listen to her say it herself.
Compare her statement with the one that I made here:
"Now you might be tempted to think this an anomaly, but it is not. This is the System in all its glory .. caught on videotape. With a live-audio feed. (Oops.)"
She reminds me of Lauren » smart-with-a-heart. Compassionate.
She is the polar opposite of Harry .. because she does indeed have what it takes
to exercise empathy and compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves.
It probably means nothing .. but in my Nuke school class (of 40 students in Orlando)
we had a Nason.
I dont even remember his first name, because everybody just called him Nason.
He was the smartest dude in the class.
Weekly they posted a list of class rankings on the wall, and he was always #1. Always.
usually ranked #5, 6 or 7 .. along with my gay friend. My friend from the Bronx was usually #2 or 3.
He tried hard to catch Nason, but nobody could touch him.
Nason was a quiet dude .. a man of few words.
[ This article here is related, regarding the system in Texas. (Posted March 9, 2017) ]
To be continued ...
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