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FatherJohn Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago.   Favorite
Mr. Hill,

What does a conversation about racism look like? Polarizing question to be sure. First, every dialogue is guided by the participants: color matters, ethnicity matters, ‘associations’ matter, geography matters, religion matters…and importantly diversity in the conversational group…matters.

Tone is set by the participants. The absence or presence of authority informs ‘groupthink.’

A non-diverse group may focus on an “us versus them” mentality. Shared experiential memories may reinforce the conviction of the group. The size of the non-diverse group in relations to perceived oppositional groups in the larger community is reflected in the openness or closeness of the conversation to alternative points of view.

A diverse group stands a better chance of an open dialogue that considers the implications of race in relation to culture and society. An open dialogue would speak of intentional and unintentional bias, prejudice, boundaries, the law, the perceived and the real, antidotal stories, and suggestions for reducing the effects of racism.

Within the prison culture, racism manifests itself as bullying, racial codes, racial segregation, retaliation or retribution, and level of acceptance by individual staff members. Conversation in an institutional setting is highly subject to groupthink and solutions may not be considered; instead divisionary or tactical talk could commandeer the dialogue.

I hope this gives you a few things to think about Johnathan. You have every right to ask…good luck.

I remain, John Pfister

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FatherJohn Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago.   Favorite
Dear Reader,

Guy is in need of empathy...and consideration.

Guy's been 30 years in prison, the biggest part of which (22) was in the security and the benefits of death row (private cell, doctor's calls, attention and sometimes support from the world especially outside the U.S., and the freedom of speech against the system, etc.)

Commuted to life and moved to general population...last year this older inmate was savagely beat and kicked in the head suffering a severe concussion and problems related to a kicked eye socket.

Guy was moved first to an infirmary facility and then upon acceptable recovery (still having eye problems with focus and watering), he was transferred twice with a DR and no way to defend himself because prisons do not cooperate externally with grievances without court intervention. Can you imagine a man in his late 50's being the aggressor? I can't because I know Guy. Other inmates give him accounts of what happened but why can't he see the film? It was in the day room. No aggressor was identified...by design...or by bias...or foul play...or fear of reprisal...or some other unapparent reason.

Guy deserves a note of encouragement. He could use many...but I am asking for only one. Won't someone choose to give him a few moments?

I remain, John Pfister

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