Our civilization finds virtue in those wrongfully imprisoned for a crime they never committed and the valiant effort to then retain dignity and sanity inside the cramped, soul-confining walls of the jail cell, while they plot a grandiose escape from the penitentiary.
Sir Walter Raleigh, Alcamenes, James the First and Alexander Solzhenitsyn are all men who were wrongly incarcerated and became figures of admiration for the endurance of grave injustices they survived.
The Shawshank Redemption is purely fiction, but a film of deep emotional brilliance as it solidifies Morgan Freeman firmly in the ranks of best Black History Month Hero actors. He plays the philosophical mentor to Tim Robbins who musters the courage to not only endure the hardships of prison, but triumphantly break out in a cathartic scene of emancipation.
No man desires imprisonment and especially the wrongfully confinement into a state-sponsored dwelling should encourage feelings of resentment, only counterbalanced with the determination to ameliorate the situation by escaping.
Though the film The Great Escape centers around POWs, it illustrates what every man alive who faces the cruel fate of iron bars as walls must attempt to do when thrown in jail. To be locked away for a crime one did not commit is an injustice to humanity and to acquire equilibrium, one must plot escape.
The novel and 2002 film The Count of Monte Cristo illustrates the drive to survive in prison and finally remove oneself from the eternal damnation of the jail cell by escaping and exacting revenge upon those who put him there to begin with.
Yet fiction and film represent a false sense of reality. Escaping prison is no longer a noble goal for the wrongly imprisoned, but an of pure insanity.
Black people, wrongfully imprisoned at an alarmingly rate because of their steadfast refusal to cooperate with police, have a strikingly limited desire to escape from prison.
Targeted by police because they dare drive while Black and - of course - because police operate in a climate of entrenched racism and intrinsic hatred of all things Black, the percentage of Black people in jail has reached staggering proportions:
Real life is more complicated, of course, but this simple model illustrates an important truth. In the marriage market, numbers matter. And among African-Americans, the disparity is much worse than in Mr Harford’s imaginary example. Between the ages of 20 and 29, one black man in nine is behind bars. For black women of the same age, the figure is about one in 150. For obvious reasons, convicts are excluded from the dating pool. And many women also steer clear of ex-cons, which makes a big difference when one young black man in three can expect to be locked up at some point.Black people never commit crime and are only imprisoned at alarming rates because of the dogmatic, entrenched racism of the police, which is rampant in every precinct of the nation. Everyone knows Black people are targeted by the police (as we learned from the horrific Henry Louis Gates incident and the Beer Summit) and never commit crime.
This is merely a left-over conspiracy from the odious world of Pre-Obama America, a ephemeral vestige that will soon be removed. White people want you to believe the Color of Crime is Black, and though statistics might prove this theory, it is of minor consequence.
Cooperating with the police isn't a sane policy as the enforcers of the law are automatically prejudice and agents of a corrupt, fascistic system that hates Black people.
Are police racist, you might inquire half incredulously at the axiomatic stupidity of the question. The answer is undoubtedly yes, if only because of the high incarceration of Black males.
But what to make of the story of a Black man breaking into prison after breaking out to get cigarettes, completely destroying the noble idea of the wrongfully accused prisoner valiantly fighting for freedom and plotting a grand escape?:
Authorities say an inmate who broke out of jail, then returned after stealing 14 packs of cigarettes, has been sentenced to 20 years.Why would a Black person break into prison, willingly playing the role of Frightened Inmate No. 2 from Arrested Development that Tobias portrayed, and risk getting caught?
Prosecutors told The Florida Times-Union inmate Harry Jackson, 26, escaped his cell at the Camden County Jail last year and went to the exercise yard to retrieve cigarettes he had expected would be tossed over a fence.
They say that when the contraband wasn’t there, Jackson scaled the fence, broke a window at a convenience store and grabbed cigarette packs only to be arrested upon his return.
Jackson pleaded guilty to burglary and escape charges Monday. Prosecutors say he had been jailed on charges including driving with a suspended license. His lawyer, William Ashe, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
This could be arrested development in action and it could throw the whole notion of the judicial system being awash in racism asunder. Black people willingly and voluntarily returning to prison antiquates the idea of nobly escaping the big house for a crime one didn't commit.
But wait, it happened last year as well, as a Black person found freedom intolerable and tried to sneak back into prison without first committing a crime:
SHARPES, Fla. — A former inmate in Florida was injured while trying to sneak back into jail. Sylvester Jiles suffered severe cuts from barbed wire while trying to climb a 12-foot fence at the Brevard County Detention Center Monday night. The 24-year-old former inmate was released last week from the jail after accepting a plea deal on a manslaughter charge.Is prison a better living situation for millions of Black people that those given the choice of freedom or lock-up would choose the latter by breaking INTO prison?
He showed up at the jail Monday night and asked to be taken back into custody because he feared family members of his victim would retaliate against him. Jail officials said they couldn’t take him in and told him to file a police report.
Instead, he tried to climb over the barbed-wire fence and fell in his attempt.
He remained hospitalized for his injuries Tuesday.
The Great Escape is a forgotten film in the world we live in now, as the new title would be The Great Return, a film loosely based on the reality of Black people desiring prison so badly that they decide breaking in will be quicker than committing a crime and waiting for sentencing.
Stuff Black People Don't Like includes breaking out of prison, for the desire to break into prison is a much nicer proposition for Black people now.
Are cops racist? If Black people are breaking into prison, the answer to that query should be obvious.