“I would like to know if you think maybe you are a racist too. You seem to be. “

I know better than to lower myself to replying to internets slander but just this once I’ll make an exception. An Enquiring Mind posits: “I would like to know if you think maybe you are a racist too. You seem to be. Perhaps not everyone is interested in black culture as you are. In addition, […]

To whom it may concern: A Letter on Dempsey Hawkins to the New York State Parole Board.

I have written as an advocate for parole to the board on Dempsey Hawkins’ behalf before.  Since 2006, he and I have been corresponding on many but predominately literary matters.  He responded to an article in The Amsterdam News about my bookshop in Harlem, as did several other prisoners around the country.  My bookshop on […]

Letter from Prison by Dempsey Hawkins

Rehabilitation.  Deterrence.  Retribution.  The words reverberate throughout every criminal courtroom in America the moment the judge strikes his or her gravel.  Three words with which I have become quite familiar during my imprisonment.  While the justice system once held fast to the faith in rehabilitation, tough on crime political agendas intersected with the wasting winds […]