Bookshelf

The Prison Letters of George Jackson

“The reality is that we are a caste at the bottom of a class society, the only group that has built-in factors (physical characteristics) that prohibit any form of socioeconomic mobility. We are the totally disenfranchised, the whipping boy, the scapegoat, the floor mat of the nation. I am not so foolish that I cannot detect the fact that I am hated, especially when it is obvious. At least the obvious does not escape me. To clarify, however, let me state that some blacks are liked. I see that every day, but I am not of this kith. They hate me. I don’t find this at all uncomfortable because I have some prerogatives. I would be doing something wrong if they liked me. Do you understand? I don’t want anyone to accept me. As an individual, I don’t worry about my future. I know my ideals will prevail, so I don’t worry about that. They can’t harm me, because the reality is that I have nothing to lose but my chains!”
Jackson, George (1994-09-01). Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson (p. 184). Chicago Review Press. Kindle Edition.

Leave a Reply