Some people, other than the oppressor, seem to be concerned about just who I am before they will give some support to the work. Now, I do not mind people wanting to know more about me, but it really pisses me off when they tie that to supporting the work. The work, regardless as to who I am, I believe deserves the support of every self-respecting black person and all people who believe in equality and justice. It is treason in my opinion for any person, particularly any black person, to tie their support to personality rather than principle. This is an excuse for doing nothing, for continuing to shirk collective responsibility, its knee-growism. However, since some insist on knowing my "qualifications" to be doing this work, as if the product is not enough to convince them, let me give you an eye-opener.

I am a father and grandfather, a direct descendant of Frederick Douglass, born and raised in DC. I went to Dunbar and graduated from the School without Walls. I have attended college, including participating in the Masters of Human Service Program at Lincoln University. However, my greatest educational achievement has been my graduation from more than a decade of political imprisonment with a unique and high understanding of jurisprudence and the American judicial system. I assisted hundreds of fellow prisoners and served thousands, organizing a prisoners' union to counter the extremely racist and violent administration of the Mississippi prison system. We were able to surreptitiously publish two editions of the MPU magazine, on the back of which we published a piece called the "Cage Count," tracking the growth of mass incarceration. We raised this alarm and began making predictions on the rate of mass incarceration in 1982, and our predictions were dead on the money.

In prison, whether within concrete walls or by impoverishment, one has to find their own answers and take action, or otherwise be forever squashed under oppression. I have handled criminal and civil matters in state and federal courts, original cases and appeals, in nine states and the District of Columbia. I can not only read well, but have a very high comprehension of what I read and hear, I am very analytical. With these innate skills it has been very easy for me to then decipher legal from illegal, to discern the motivations of race from that of law and begin attacking that point. I can say that I have never lost a case based on law and fact, what I have encountered is the constant default of the system, which discards law, fact, and justice in favor of repression. This is the essence of Jim Crow, thus, it is evident that Jim Crow is not dead and its death can only be brought about and declared by those impacted by it.