Every time I leave a jail or a prison after teaching I’m reminded that no matter how much you dress it up, no matter what name you give it, no matter what color you paint the walls, this place is still a cage. It’s still human beings held in a cage.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the language we use when discussing prisons. Like is it right to call it a “correctional facility” if it doesn’t do any correcting? And what’s even the implication of “correction”? Who is supposed to be corrected in a system tht actively breaks ppl?
I know that over the course of the reform movement much of the language around incarceration has been softened to appear less punitive & geared more towards rehabilitation, but sometimes I wonder if the softening of language subsequently diminishes a sense of collective urgency.
It’s been so fascinating to watch people over past few weeks describe the immigrant families at the border as being “put in cages.” Which to be clear is good, bc that’s what it is, but it’s also strange bc most ppl rarely seem to categorize everyday incarceration in the same way.
I’m even thinking about the history of solitary confinement, & how in some places it’s now given names like “behavior intervention unit.” But what does it mean to change the name of a place if the same punitive practices remain in place? That’s not change, that’s deception.
This is not to say all prisons are created equal. I think prisons are inherently violent spaces in what they do to people, I also recognize that there is a spectrum to that violence. And there are some places that are far worse than others.
But I guess my point is that even in the most reform-inspired prison, it’s still a prison. It’s still a cage—a cage filled with people who are mostly black & brown & poor. And no amount of programming or paint or euphemisms can change that.
I've been getting replies about Jonathan Yaniv's predatory behavior from people in the trans community. While it's wonderful to see the support for women, I'm bothered by the suggestion that Yaniv isn't "really" trans.
President Trump getting ahead of Gen. Mattis let the president write the chyrons. They're being rewritten now because this is clearly a complete repudiation of the American president, even suggesting Trump is aligning with our enemies... (thread)
1) The military tribunal theory is taking off. As much as I would like that, I don’t think so. I think these men have done their jobs and Trump no longer needs them. These men won their battles. Behind closed doors, these men purged the enemies of We the People. We won. https://t.co/OvpimINcqj
New Q: Ryan (age 48) announced retirement on 11 Apr so he could "spend more time with his children." It appears his CoS, Burks, was involved in #SpyGate coup attempt vs @POTUS. More Rs have announced resignations than Ds. Ds hoping to stop what's coming. https://t.co/w93LzsgMbV https://t.co/JM2F5t4Lec
1. Today is my 50th day tweeting about @notredame driving out a kid with epilepsy by refusing an accommodation needed to signficantly decrease chance of his death. I'll continue til they apologize to him. As promised, in honor of this milestone, today's tweets will be special...
WOW, interesting! - A Hawker 800XP business jet (reg M-VITO), reportedly owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, landed at Wilson Airport (WIL, HKNW), Nairobi, Kenya three days ago. Rumor is that it landed after closing, IE no ATC, no runway lights, no immigration. https://t.co/J1hcE2vOXk https://t.co/zpRm7KuBMC
Did you know that mammy market was named after a woman called Mammy Ochefu? Yes yes! Every military barrack in Nigeria has a place called ‘mammy market’, a place close to the barracks, where soldiers’ interact and buy their daily needs. In 1955 at Enugu, the market was named https://t.co/OvrPiWACXO
It was gathered in Guardian that President Buhari, while commissioning the new terminal building, said the ‘Federal Government was developing Nigeria into regional air transportation hub and assuming its leadership in the aviation sub-sector in Africa.’ https://t.co/TPbRFWouMj