Hatred and Profiling
Mosi O. Paki, Prisonersolidarity.org
U.S. legacy of racial hatred and infrastructures of racial profiling
is mirrored in the penal system. Take, for example, the Ohio Department
of Rehabilitation (ODRC), where there is scarce rehabilitation.
Punitive punishment, racial profiling and warehousing are the norm
at the ODRC.
court in its prisons is called the R.I.B. (Rule Infraction Board),
indictments are tickets (conduct reports for a violation of rule
infractions) and jail becomes the hole/segregation. Yet, despite
of the clinical neutrality of these terms, the systematic racial
profiling of blacks can still be seen in the fact that the overwhelming
majority of prisoners indicted, convicted, and subsequently thrown
into the hole/segregation are Blacks. This is no coincidence. Its
due to white bigotry on both sides of the cell doors.
a double-edged sword in prison. One side cuts the gullible prisoners
to experience institutionalization and recidivism, propelling the
penal system to treat Blacks as expendable. The other side severely
cuts (penalizes) prisoners and PPOW (political prisoners of war)
who have become conscious enough to re-educate and organize themselves.
Because of this ongoing battle with the powers that be, this consciousness
must prevail from confinement throughout the release especially
with Black prisoners.
prisoners must remember, learn from and be vigilant of more than
100 years of lynching, the bombing of the MOVE family in Philadelphia
on May 13, 1985, James Byrds lynching in Jasper, Texas and
todays pattern of systematic black-on-black crimes. They must
remember gentrification and the government organization of hurricane
Katrina to whiten New Orleans.
O. Paki, #210-081
O. Paki is a PPOW who has been in lockdown since the April 1993
Lucasville Rebellion. He is a son, father, uncle and grandfather
who has maintained strong family ties throughout his incarceration.
Despite the oppression Mr. Paki has experienced since the Rebellion
he remains a conscious and re-educated new Afrikan who is determined
to obtain his many positive goals.
O. Paki would like to hear from you. You may contact him directly
by writing to the address listed above. The following link offers
tips for writing to prisoners: http://prisonersolidarity.org/TipsForWritingPrisoners.htm