I was going to donate an entire box of books on random good stuff to the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh since most of what I own is books and I’m trying to get rid of some. Was moving out of East Pittsburgh when the police shooting happened of Antwan Rose.
The only way I can think of getting back at the cops subversively is donating books to prisoners which is something I was going to do anyway, but it has more meaning now.
If the idea is to reform people or keep people from prison prison should be an instrument of fixing people and showing them how to become better people and understand why they screwed up. It should be a place where people are treated with respect because maybe they’ve never had it from anyone else before and that’s why they ended up where they did.
If you beat and abuse and neglect human beings regardless of what they’ve done and give them no reason to trust Humanity or Society or authority, and you take away the one way for them to exercise their minds for the better you are just making a system of kicking a dying dog to death. The prison system is supposed to be punitive of course but it shouldn’t drive people into the ground or turn them into captive slaves or consumers for some contractor’s kickback.
This is bullshit, the world needs more sympathy.