Two Weeks Ago, I Made The Decision

Sunday,January 24,2016
Time: 7:35 a.m.
Location: General Population, Chillicothe,OH

Two weeks ago,I made the decision to leave my segregation housing unit and to return to general population. After doing a lot of thinking, I came to the conclusion that I could more efficiently network with people if I was in general population, mainly, because I could use my mini-tablet to communicate. Ironically, though, until yesterday my mini-tablet was malfunctioning and I was unable to update this blog.

It has taken me a little bit of time to get adjusted to living in a cell with another person. Thankfully, my cellmate is an older and mature person–as well as clean–and helped make my transition easier. What’s awkward, though, is having to constantly maneuver around my cellmate. If he has to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, then I get woke up, and vice versa. It’s also frustrating trying to read and write because my cellmate likes to watch all of the ridiculous TV shows that get on my nerves–Maury,Jerry Springer,and all of them court TV shows.

I want to conclude this post by commenting on all of the recent chatter going on about the lack of African-Americans being nominated for Academy Awards. I understand that the snubbing of blacks is painful to many people in Hollywood. But people need to get in tune with reality and realize that there are way more serious problems going on in the world besides the Oscars not nominating any blacks. Plus,when a movie like Straight Outta Compton makes over $160-million at the box office,why does someone–specifically,the black community–feel that they have to have their success validated by a superficial Oscar award?

There are people starving all over the world; migrants drowning in oceans; people without clean water, et cetera, so… to hell with an Oscar. And if the black community wants to boycott something, they should boycott all of the corporations that make millions off of the exploitation of prison labor–that is, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Walmart, Kmart, UPS, Chrysler Group, Proctor & Gamble, Microsoft, Victoria’s Secret, and many others.

This is it for now. But stay tuned, because things are going to be getting interesting in the coming weeks!