Dr. Boyce: Getting Out of Your Own Personal Prison

I just spoke to my friend Ryan Mack about our “Never Going Back” initiative to attack the problems of mass incarceration and recidivism in America. During the conversation, I had a revelation: Most of us are just a step away from being incarcerated, or have yet to understand what it truly means to be free. Sure, the US incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world, but it might be deeper than you think.

The United States Constitution doesn’t abolish slavery for everyone. Actually, if you’ve been convicted of a felony, the 13th Amendment actually says that it’s OK to force one into slave labor (please go take a look). Given that we are slapping felony convictions on individuals like Kelly Williams-Bolar, the otherwise law-abiding mother in Ohio who was sent to jail for sending her kids to the wrong school district, we can see just how easy it is for that arbitrary label to be applied.

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  • BlkG8r

    I find it interesting that so many Black college students ‘AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY’ laugh when a kid thinks it’s ok to study on Friday and Saturday nights instead of wasting that time on gluttonous, counter-productive activity. 
    I love the article, but please don’t apply the image of Black college students that is obviously prevalent at Syracuse  to Black college students everywhere, Dr. Watkins :)  I guess they don’t breed them the same way we’re bred down here.  #GOGATORS

    • http://twitter.com/Pahlewan2 Bhimsen Kumar

      Actually, he wasn’t putting all college students into one basket.  My nephew continues to study hard because he knows he wants to get somewhere in life.   If he parties, I know nothing of it, but his grades say otherwise. 

      What Dr. Boyce did was use an example, not set one.

  • BlkG8r

    I find it interesting that so many Black college students ‘AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY’ laugh when a kid thinks it’s ok to study on Friday and Saturday nights instead of wasting that time on gluttonous, counter-productive activity. 
    I love the article, but please don’t apply the image of Black college students that is obviously prevalent at Syracuse  to Black college students everywhere, Dr. Watkins :)  I guess they don’t breed them the same way we’re bred down here.  #GOGATORS