by Louis Powell
For decades while under solitary confinement, I was one of numerous New Afrikan subjects who was trapped in oblivion, while the world outside of solitary confinement was constantly changing. We survived by feeding off the imagination of a past movement that had died away several decades ago.
It wasn’t that we couldn’t let go of the past. We simply refused to surrender to institutionalized racism. We left solitary confinement after decades of struggling with abnormality as a result of cultural, environmental, ethical, sensory and social deprivations, and now we are trying to understand the sociological factors that exist in today’s general populations.
We are a living legacy, now observing those who inherited the fruits of the movement’s sacrifices, knowing the cost was paid in a lot of suffering and death, and seeing it has been literally squandered by men who were raised addicted to being the wretched of the earth. The one step forward of yesterday’s historic struggle has long ago taken several steps backward.
As we talk to the young heirs, who could be our grandsons or great grandsons, we cannot grasp their cultural identity of referring to themselves and their racial kind as nigger. How could they, the heirs, appreciate a legacy of struggle and racial pride that has always been alienated from their existence from childhood to adulthood?
And how could they even recognize a legacy of things that were in the world upon their arrival? Men have always used things as they see fit, and why wouldn’t they be careless about someone else’s labor and sacrifices?
As subjects, we have shifted from a social environment of solitary confinement to a general population social environment. We assumed that our abnormality as a result of long term confinement in solitary would now shift to normality while in the general population.
We left solitary confinement after decades of struggling with abnormality as a result of cultural, environmental, ethical, sensory and social deprivations, and now we are trying to understand the sociological factors that exist in today’s general populations.
Instead we are undergoing a mind-boggling culture shock and are currently trying to understand the sociological factors of today’s racial-cultural groups, their customs and standards. We now realize we have shifted into an environment of such abnormality that it makes our abnormality appear normal.
We know it’s a protracted struggle and that today’s conditions in general population are the result of decades of menticide – the deliberate and systematic conditioning that alters national and racial identities, beliefs, values and standards and trades them for a set of abnormal cultural attitudes that makes it acceptable for men to refer to themselves and their racial kind as nigger.
The veterans of long term solitary confinement are the most learned, socially conscious prisoners in the history of the CDCr, and they must never forget that during the 1960s and 1970s, when the psycho-political forces of institutionalized racism removed the class of New Afrikans from the general population, it was a form of ethnic cleansing that left our racial class for two generations disarmed, without any of their teachers, racial troubleshooters, theoreticians, cultural heroes, linguists, sociologists, jail-house lawyers and think tanks.
The absence for several decades of the best of the best of the Black racial class resulted in what we see today, an environment of abnormality. Yes, we may be experiencing a rage reaction that may leave us with the attitude of preferring to place our mental, physical and psychological being in a state of solitary instead of dealing with the mindset of today’s culture.
Yes, I too feel the need to be away from the nigger calling of those of our racial class. Yes, the behavior of one’s racial class does infringe on one’s values, morals and racial pride, while leaving one feeling humiliated before the world every time Blacks refer to their brothers as nigger.
Our thinking has been politically developed throughout the decades while under solitary confinement. We are not broken men. We do possess the theoretical knowledge of what it will take to come up with an effective countermeasure to transform this environment of abnormality.
The absence for several decades of the best of the best of the Black racial class resulted in what we see today, an environment of abnormality.
For over 30 years, our racial class has been in a state of rest, lying dormant, while awaiting the return of the best of them – and now the best of them have returned with one love, one struggle and one aim. Forever forward.
Send our brother some love and light: Louis C. Powell, B-59864, Pelican Bay State Prison B4-115, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532.