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When Smudge Pot went to jail he knew all about racism. Worked it.

So when I recently went to jail I knew to try to kind of blend in but...do you think a Smudge Pot doesn't attract some kind of attention no matter where?

Just don't work like that. Howdy boys, I'm Smudge, mind if I join you?

Deputies are shoving me in the door. But they kinda set me up. I had a cell number. That meant I had a cellie, a person whom I would be bunking with and I knew I'd have to at least try to get along with that person.

Well turns out my cellie's name was Freddy and from the moment I saw him, I'm thinking he absolutely has to be Peruvian or something pretty close around the Andes 'cause he had that whole...combination of the brown skin, the squat and muscular body, the kinda hooked nose, the works. Ok I LOVE PERUVIANS! And his English was about as good as my Spanish so we just started having a pretty good time but he asked me am I a fish?

A what?

You been to jail before?

Oh no man, I am a fish. Soy pescado dela mar. (we laugh)

Then he starts this 20 minute crash course on how to be a good cellie. He clears off half this shelf they provide you with and he's like ok here's my half and here is yours and keep them separate and when you wanna use the potty when we're not on lockdown hang a towel in the door so we know not to come walking in and any extra food you have, give it to me, I'm your cellie and you always take care of your cellie and to each of these instructions I responded by saying YOU GOT IT CELLIE and when we get food we can only be served by cell order and we get our trays and we come to this table and I sit here and this other guy you will meet sits here and this other guy sits there and you sit here.

You got it cellie!

Turns out two of the other guys who sat at our table were Native Americans. Big surprise...I always end up with the natives THANK THOSE TO WHOM I PRAY because in times of trouble I was instructed and deeply feel to run to blood because they have medicines and knowledge to heal me. Worked pretty well too. Really helped. Grounded the thing a bit, as well as could be. If there is a hell on this Earth for us, deprive us of direct access to land and sun and wind and the ability to hear the birds that instruct us sing. And we could only sing quitely.

Well anyways before long for whatever reason, we got a third cellie who had to bring in a plastic cot kind of thing and he got the same run-down, he also ran with it and he had a nice smile. A very friendly and easy smile and he kinda fit in with no disruption. He got busted for DUI one too many times I guess but he was into hotel and restaruant management, had a lucrative job at a Sedona resort and a wife and two kids who just made him glow when he talked about them. Smart young kid in trouble.

Anyways he was black but here we are doing our kinda native thing and the only window was out my bunk but it faced east to the rising sun.

Again, I thank those who watch over me because that is like...power. That's like handing us power. So I started inviting people to hang on my bunk and look out the window and with so much time and nothing else to do, we'd just look out the window and talk.

Some conversations in jail you wouldn't have anyplace else these days. Not even at a bar or party or weekends in Nantucket. Not only do you have the time but, wells, for one you aren't drunk and you aren't having that great a time and this overall is not one of the greatest times in your life, in fact it might be THE WORST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU.

It was only the third worst thing that ever happened to me....yeah it was 4 but it put forth extraordinary effort in the aftermath so I gotta give it credit but otherwise....

So back to seating assignments. See in this common area we were allowed to hang out in the daytime, everybody else had their seat and it was kinda racially and even politically segregated and there were tables with the guys...uh. OK the tats that cannot be mistaken and most had shaven heads, some were growing it out, you can always tell and they had the webs and they did their own teachings. Guess who they were?

They were THEM. They guys that hate us for reasons of our genetic makeup. Or at least it's said they do. But listen as I tell you, those guys kinda asserted some authority but were mostly there to kinda...I dunno there's good authority and bad authority and they rarely used authority, like when a batch of fish came in (like me) they kinda laid down the groundwork in terms of hygentics and common courtesy. We're all to show consideration in the chow line, in terms of not ruffling up the crappy rommance novels they gave us to read, in terms of showering maybe at least twice a week so your cellies don't have to deal with body odor.

Hey not bad. Ok right on man.

And everybody took care of this one person, I noticed that. At first I thought he might be a mentally or physically disabled indian. Turns out he's Chinese like from China and somehow he ended up in jail in the USA and he spoke almost no English at all. Ok EVERYBODY TOOK CARE OF HIM as best we could.

Basically us races were face to face. And we got through it by working together on so many levels. And every person in there was going through a sort of crisis from kinda small to very, very large. One guy, they let him out for his wife's birthday for an hour to stand in chains at his wife's hospital bed, she's terminal and he will never see her again. All he had to do, every day, was wait to hear that she's gone.

Hey, some say there's no such thing as a foxhole atheist. I donno, never been there but in jail a lot of pretenses, a lot of your bull-crap programming comes off and you realize...that you

YOU

can't get through this alone. You need help even if help just means everybody leave me alone. But you aren't gonna get through this without some help and the only help available besides prayer is right there in front of you. And sometimes that means us.

Try being racist when you got nobody else. Then get back to me.

With much 3VOL,

Der Smudgen Potten

;)

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Wow this was an intense read

Wow this was an intense read for me. If I ever went to jail I feel like I'd be one of those guys that cover themselves in feces just so I could be left alone. Really makes me feel sorry for people who are in jail for non-violent crimes.

This is how your anti-racism works on planet Earth...

Asia for the Asians, Africa for the Africans, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into every White country and ONLY into White countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and "assimilating" with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY WHITE country and ONLY WHITE countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country and ONLY into Black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane Black man to notice this? And what kind of psycho Black man would not object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and "respectable" Conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

Very true, but talking about

Very true, but talking about race has been vilified by the Jews who run America. Leon Trotsky(jew) invented the word.
Diversity is code for "blend out the Whites".

So your saying its nothing like the movie "Lets go to Prison"?

Glad you didn't get "woo'ed" Smudge!
Please tell me you talked of future tales of rebellion at least. :D

Great post as always. Well,

Great post as always. Well, as usual, anyway.

this is very interesting--

spouse and I have an old friend (but much younger than we are) who is in prison--

his 'cellie' has brown skin, and they became good friends. We knew that, when we sent food for holidays/birthdays, we were also sending it for "C"--

and we watched our friend's food tastes become more 'ethnic'--

Thank you, Smudge Pot.

Yes, being without the sun, etc. Our friend has struggled with that--

He used to work outdoors; drives him crazy.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Nice one, Smudge.

Oyate (was that you back then?). Thanks for the reminder about the sun. Keep em coming.

Thanks also.

Everyone is connected, and your sharing brings that out gracefully. Peace brother.

Anecdotal evidence for a bad

Anecdotal evidence for a bad premise.

Vicious, race-based gangs are THE defining feature of prison culture, if Mr. Pot wants to factor in all available evidence. People are very race conscious in county, as the author here obviously was, but adopt different strategies for shorter stays.

The foxhole/atheism thing states that, when panicked, people will abandon sane thought processes. It's basically an absurd lifeboat scenario, like the ones people use to disprove liberty, i.e., "How's your right to bear arms going to work when criminals are driving tanks onto your front lawn?" Smudge Pot is saying, "How's your race consciousness going to work when you're in a small cage with a potentially violent and deranged brown person?"

The race issue is a lot more complicated than all the PC "races don't exist" crapola. Pretty much all the empirical evidence points to a lot of definitely-not PC conclusions. I don't know how this affects the promotion of liberty....Maybe discussions of race should be banned here for the sake of PR?

Prisons are a whole different country compared to jail

I see racism within the races all the time. The 'Brown Paper Bag club' in D.C. I've seen it among Mexican-Americans in San Antonio really strong and a little with some Natives who have been too sucked up by the commercialism of White culture. Lighter skinned brown and black folk seem to think of darker ones as less everything. Not all of course, but it's out there and more common than people think.

I hear that

often there is more freedom in jail.

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Thanks Smudge!

What an excellent story, and observation on life.

To some degree humanity has been in jail for a long time.

Lot more I could tell you...

so I might as well. This story is not gonna get old with time.

They announced a bible study for it is stated that persons in jail in Arizona "will not be deprived of an opportunity to express their religion".

This is one thing about jail, "an opportunity" means ONE. So we had access to bibles and bible study and a very short, like the world's shortest not even a church service, just the opportunity to go to a different room on a different floor and hear some dude talk about the bible for 20 minutes then we do the whole thing in reverse and get locked up again.

MAN OH MAN DID THAT EVER LEAVE A GAPING HOLE FOR MOST OF THESE GUYS.

Hey so some of you know I consider "native" to be my primary religion but I also got a heavy dose of Christianity, I know the scripture but more simply than any guidance or interpretation I could offer....

PEOPLE I CANNOT UNDEREMPHASIZE THIS,

THESE PEOPLE JUST LITERALLY NEEDED HELP READING. Not just understanding and interpreting the holy scripture, THEY COULD NOT READ.

Not words like Pharisees and Saducees or philactories or any of the words or underlying history.

"My people are persecuted for lack of knowledge"
-Hosea

Brothers and sisters, in addition to my story above, will you, with me, take leadership?

I will tell you where it starts and that is by taking responsibility.

Because most of what I saw in jail were people who for lack of somebody just taking an interest in them and demonstrating our ways and wisdom and honor of God, they are just falling apart out there.

And they asked me to read to them. So I took on the ministry of the scripture BECAUSE THAT WAS WHAT WAS ACCESSIBLE TO THEM. Not like I'm some paragon of Christianity, heck, you guys know pretty much who I am.

To sum up, people, I think this is what ministry means is we try to help people where they are and on their level and this is part of what it means to "take up the cross".

Hey in native terms we call it "bearing the burden of the price of peace".

We are called to serve. Doesn't matter who they are or what they are.

NIGGAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

;)

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

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BUMP for yet another refreshing post by Smudge Pot. :)

BUMP for yet another refreshing post by Smudge Pot. :)

Thank you for sharing about this... life experience.

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In other words...

In other words...

"No man is an island."

- John Donne

(XVII. MEDITATION) http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23772/23772-h/23772-h.htm

No man is an island, entire of itself; *every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main*. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, *because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee*.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Potty-time towels verboten in Wisconsin jails...

Let's do a re-write of my guide. I suspected it was regional at best, small town etc. - i.e. Milwaukee has rats (real ones - not snitches destined for ditches).
http://www.dailypaul.com/293739/how-to-go-to-jail-a-beginner...

Hey - I'll bet your are even allowed to have pencils and paper inside your cell down south. Not so up here! No playing cards either - too many complaints.

Pandas eat bugs.

I used to be a Cudnoski

but you are much more certain.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

was my how to advice accurate for your stay?

???

Pandas eat bugs.

I was out before I saw your advice Chris

I approve of your advice but I don't think I was in as rough an environment. Big difference between jail and prison eh?

and lols just stripped out a mistaken copy/paste

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.