Okay, so I think three more read throughs and I might be done with this thesis.
Let me know if anyone wants to read my thoughts on the practice and theory of abolishing the prison industrial complex, entitled Militant Hope. I would be really excited to think that more than me,my parents, and like 3 of my friends are going to read this.
As for method, I tried really had to stay away from academic jargon- I would love some feedback on whether I accomplished this. Also, I can take criticism. Trust.
This has been the culmination of a over a year of research, life experience, heart break, and spell check. I would celebrate that this process is almost over, but in reality this is just the beginning.
I will be doing this for the rest of my life.This thesis is really just a letter to my future self to never give up.
As June Jordan said-
“My life seems to be an increasing revelation of the intimate face of universal struggle. You begin with your family and the kids on the block, and next you open your eyes to what you call your people, and that leads you into land reform into Black English into Angola leads you back to your own bed where you lie by yourself, wondering if you deserve to be peaceful, or trusted or desired or left to the freedom of your own unfaltering heart. And the scale shrinks to the size of a skull: your own interior cage.
And then if you’re lucky, and I have been lucky, everything comes back to you. And then you know why one of the freedom fighters in the sixties, a young Black woman interviewed shortly after she was beaten up for riding near the front of the interstate bus––you know why she said, ‘We are all so very happy’? It’s because it’s on. All of us and me by myself: we’re on.”