I just finished watching the prison pipeline documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay and fuck. I am traumatized. The cold hard facts she points out - the US only makes up 5% of the population yet TWENTY FIVE percent of the worlds prisons but the worst statistic I heard was, black men account for roughly 6.5% of the world population but make up FORTY POINT TWO percent of the prison population. And the reason it hit me so hard is because my little brother is just one person that contributes to that 40.2% prison population. I started thinking about him more because he's scheduled to be released next year and he's entering a world that has changed quite a bit since he's gone in. He's coming out and reintegrating into a population that fears, loathes and pity's him. An administration that hates him not only because he's a black male but because he has a record. Forget that maybe just maybe he's ready to change, ready to be better than just another statistic. This world has written him off way before he could write himself off. It's scary and also disappointing to know how intolerant we are of those who are different.
End rant - in all seriousness if you haven't seen this documentary you totally should. It's done amazingly well and it doesn't at all feel like you're being bombarded with too many facts. Just watch it and thank me later!
J - I love you and I miss you but I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your head up baby boy and I'll see you on the other side of that fence.