Behind the Books

Miriam-Webster defines terrorism as the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.

Growing up in Mississippi in the forties, fifties, and sixties, I became accustomed to terrorism because of the color of my skin. However, as a citizen of the United States in the nineteenth century, never would I have imagined that terrorism would come from law enforcement and political figures right here in these United States of America.

There is a new generation of terrorism in Mississippi that state and local government support—wrongful convictions based on fabricated evidence.

While working as a correctional officer at South Mississippi Correctional Institute in Leakesville, Mississippi, I saw firsthand the disproportionate incarceration of people of color for petty, nonviolent offenses.

As a Black man, born and raised in the Jim Crow era in Mississippi, the fear of going to prison was always present in my mind. Fabricating evidence by law enforcement personnel and going to prison was common in Mississippi. Motivation, in most cases, was racial hate, and the fact that they could get away with it almost happened to me.





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