Oct. 14, 2013
From Thoughts From Behind The Wall by Marcus Harris (author's profile)

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I'm going to stop calling this place a prison and start calling it a offshoot concentration camp because as the years past more and more will die here in tese steel and stone structures. The mass incarceration over the last 30 years is not sustainable and eventually a drastic change will have to happen. The question is how will the public will respond and it will be interesting to see since the public has been trained to loathe people who have committed crimes. Every time I hear about the public stigmatizing former inmate I can't help but think about that famous quote 'behind every fortune is a crime'. This might be the conspiracy theorist in me but I really believe that. I means how the fuck does a person make a billion without breaking some law, I don't believe that for one second. Look at what happened to Martha Stewart, that is self explanatory. I've met some of the smartest people in here but for whatever reason they are here. I'm talking about people who could easily be professors at Ivy League schools. Things like these makes me sick to my stomach because anybody with intelligence can see their potential and the fact that it is wasted should be a crime. I've met some guys who are without a doubt mathematical geniuses. Will someone please tell me how is this helping society?? We as a country have to start looking at things from more than one angle. If you attempt to construct a building with two wall what will happen: collapse. Keep in mind that some of the people who are our so called leader and pillars of society are direct descendants of racists who said black people wasn't a full man not too long ago. We really need to question things more and stop with this rabid obsession with money and fame. It's imperative that America wake up or the future will be a bleak with for many. Let me be first to say I don't have all the answers but one way to get answers is through the questions we ask. Life if made up of the questions we ask. I'm not convinces our so called leaders are doing all they can to change the position of those really struggling in this country. It seems like they give them a few peanuts every and then to keep the noise at bay. That may sound harsh but I gotta call things as I see it. I can't turn on the news without hearing about somebody else getting a life sentence. I ask myself when will we get to the root of the problem? I think last year I saw a piece on ABC about the high murder rate in Chicago but you could tell ABC was miles away looking through binoculars and they'll never be able to get to the root. It was a valiant effort but not thought out fully. Since we refuse to get to the root of America's problems we settle for short term solutions because eventually the long term solution will have to be addressed. It's so easy for people to be led in the wrong direction and so hard to be led in the right direction. In here I do watch alot of tv and I would love it if they would ask the right questions. The media is so concerned with popular culture its disturbing but I have to assume that is what the people want. All I can say is that, it is sad for this generation who will have to overcome almost insumountable odds. No one wants to talk about this in main stream media and I have to believe it is for a reason. Well take and always push forward. Proper Education Always Corrects Errors.

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arcadiaego Posted 5 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 7 months ago   Favorite
Hi Marucs,

Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts; I agree with what you say. Short term solutions are easier, but will lead to greater problems in the future.

I think money is at the root of many of these problems - a rich man who commits a crime is a businessman, not a criminal! Education is part of it as well - people need education to get themselves out of poverty and having opportunities other than crime and other bad life choices. But good education needs money also.

Elizabeth-Anne

Paul Posted 5 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 7 months ago   Favorite
I disagree that you have met smart people. If they were that smart they would have used their intelligence towards a productive, contributing life. Instead they are locked up and even more culpable than the less educated, more disadvantaged.

The murder rate in Chicago is a national disgrace. 508 persons lost their lives in 2012. As a general rule victims of shooting who survive are roughly 4 to 1 so another 2000 were also victims. That is almost 7 every day. This in a city with the most draconian gun control laws in America. The low rate of solving these crimes is a direct result of mentality of street law and no cooperation with law enforcement. Whilst thugs with guns feel they can get away with murder and have no respect for life they will not stop.

Marcus Harris Posted 5 years, 5 months ago.   Favorite
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Paul Posted 5 years, 5 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 5 months ago   Favorite
We always hear the old 'mistakes' mantra. This is the justification used by criminals for their crime. In reality the only mistake they can claim is getting caught.

To be some kind of mathematical genius and not use that to further enhance their lives is plain stupid. To believe that they could have is certainly not far-fetched.

Black on black crime is endemic in lots of places, including Chicago, and the statistics don't lie. Failure to cooperate with law enforcement leaves these amoral gang-bangers on the street to do just as they like resulting in more dead people and grieving families. To believe that you can deal drugs or break into peoples homes and kill them with impunity is the root cause of the statistics.

To say the system is broken is a cop-out. If you do the crime you need to be prepared to do the time. Communities need to man up and reject the people who govern them by threat of violence.

"The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing" You will surely have heard this before.

Paul

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