- Why are you doing this to me? - My dream is to be a female warden of the Police Bureau. So I want to learn martial arts from you. You are a spy. - Why do you want to be a warden of the Police Bureau?
We live in a country where Americans assimilate corpses in their daily comings and goings. Dead blacks are a part of normal life here. Dying in ship hulls, tossed into the Atlantic, hanging from trees, beaten, shot in churches, gunned down by the police or warehoused in prisons: Historically, there is no quotidian without the enslaved, chained or dead black body to gaze upon or to hear about or to position a self against. When blacks become overwhelmed by our culture’s disorder and protest (ultimately to our own detriment, because protest gives the police justification to militarize, as they did in Ferguson), the wrongheaded question that is asked is, What kind of savages are we? Rather than, What kind of country do we live in?
The historic prison cemetery in Hunstville, Texas, Joe Byrd Cemetery, is the burial place of approximately 3,000 prisoners. Serial killers, Kenneth McDuff and Henry Lee Lucas are buried here due to the fact that nobody wanted to claim their bodies.