So I watched the new Tarantino flick the other day and it was good. Everything you’d expect and a bit more too. Slavery as a theme really got me thinking.
Whippings, Mandingos and canine maulings depicted slavery as the genocidal practice it was, and the auteur didn’t hesitate to show white…
There is still slavery in America.
Charles Bronson: How would you feel, waking up in the morning without a window? My window is a steel grid, I ‘ave to put my lips against that steel grid and suck in air, that’s my morning… ‘cause I got no air in my cell. I have to eat, sleep and crap in that room twenty-three hours of a twenty-four hour day. You tell me, what human being deserves that? Apart from the stinking paedophile or a child killer. I don’t deserve that, I done nothing on this planet to deserve that. My bed is four inches off the floor, it’s a concrete bed, my toilet hasn’t even got a seat on it or a lid, and I ‘ave to live like this month after month after month, and the way it’s looking it’s year after year after year. Now is that’s right then so be, but let somebody else ‘ave a fucking go at it, ‘cause I’ve had twenty-six years of this bollocks and it’s time to come out, and I want the jury at my trail to come and see how I’m living. But I’m not living, I’m existing.
Today they are having a Free Bronson rally at Buckingham Palace. What the man did is atrocious, but solitary for a decade is not the correct punishment. What they are doing to Bradley Manning is equally inhumane. Solitary confinement is cruel and unusual, and cannot be considered justice, no matter the crime. It is the only answer the Man has for you when you have refused to obey, when you have cracked their facade of control. They will break you, for daring to try.