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The Meeting

The speakers called a meeting in the dorm. All inmates of every race and affiliation—blacks, whites, Hispanics, sex offenders, Native Americans, the one Asian—was encouraged to attend. Over a hundred men crowded into the largest of the living quarters, squeezing … Continue reading

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In The World

When the next riot breaks out I know where I’ll hide. If I’m in the dormitory, I will crawl beneath my bunk. The corner walls should box me in nicely. If I’m on the rec yard, I will climb a … Continue reading

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M. L. K.

1 “Any idea what’s for lunch?” Rod sat at our desk flipping through a Dick Blick catalog. “I don’t know,” I said, cringing. “Well, ” he said turning a page, “seeing as it’s Nigger’s Day, they’ll probably feed us fried … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards

Rod sent out his Christmas cards this week. The commissary is selling three designs, which worked out well. To his son he sent the snow-covered pine cones, to his daughter the lit candles atop a mantle, and to his ex-wife … Continue reading

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Locks, Canes, and Vaseline

There was a rash of fights this Thanksgiving. The first occurred on Wednesday between two whites, a Floridian and a Texas. The Floridian refused to pay a thirty-dollar debt, so, as is the customary procedure in prison, the Texas went … Continue reading

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Bitch

I’ve been avoiding South for the past few weeks, and today he slipped me a note torn from a memo pad. I miss you. Can we make time tomorrow? I notice you been keepin your distance. How long u plan … Continue reading

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Game Night

There are nine televisions in our unit–five for the blacks, three for the Mexicans, and one for the whites. You may watch whichever television you’d like, regardless of race, but only blacks may change channels on the black TVs, only … Continue reading

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