White Monkeys in Charge
When we talk about a colorless correctional culture which creates, causes chaos and confusion inside Arizona prisons we have to closely examine the culture, the leadership and the ideologies included in their immediate span of control as well as their out sphere influence on all decision making processes and actions.
Governor Doug Ducey has ordered a full investigation in the Kingman riots. What this investigation will NOT reveal is the social and political inequities that exist under the direction of a white dominant power group that runs the department of corrections in Arizona. Whether we want to admit it or not, there is a colorless correctional culture within the prisons causing chaos and confusion leading to frustrations and violence.
Is there such a thing as a colorless culture? I doubt it, but on the other hand, it depends on what you mean by culture. If you word is used in the normal sense and set aside from the socio-political ideology and focus on dialects, idiolects, beliefs, symbology, iconography, behavior, ritual, kinship and so forth, the answer is no. However, keep in mind the temptation to maintain political correctness in our thinking.
Rather strange that it does exist but not as described as above but rather based on a complicated amalgam of various perverted and extreme customs and traditions adapted on lessons learned in history and extended to be imposed in political and social influences of those in power, the answer is yes. There is a colorless culture inside our prisons and it influence much of the vitriol in our society.
In prison management, culture is a dominating feature that can work for the system or against the system. Culture can unite or divide the prison population and also draw a hostile line between administrations and populations. The culture is incontestably very powerful and very influential.
Ignoring culture would be dangerous and reckless indeed. Keep in mind, we are not focusing on skin tone or genetic exchange of races. We are talking about the physical aspects of culture that influence body language in communications and management practices. How it impacts daily living and compliance of policies and procedures developed not from state statutes or guidelines but mostly from random and arbitrary ‘lessons learned’ historical data.
It is more broadly expressed as the “us versus them” ideology that exists inside prisons. It can lead from correctional officer’ relationships with prisoners as well as prisoner among prisoner relationships.
The manifestation of a culture within a prison is dynamic and forceful that is very complicated and often misunderstood. It is not a matter of how much whiteness there is, or how much blackness exists but rather color is only a minor element of the product unless it is a matter of discrimination in which case, these colors may override any civility or manners and dominate or negatively impact behaviors if offense is taken or disrespect is shown to one race or the other.
There can be markers of whiteness or blackness in daily interactions if the overall culture demands it be a contributing factor to how the rules are enforced and perceived. One could immediately see how discrimination impact this in an extreme form and manifest dissention or division. One needs to be cautious not to delegate any authority or empowerment and inflict willful or coincidental discriminatory practices that may divide the prison into color lines. It creates tension and resentment that festers over time.
In such a case, the color line -- which is used to divide society into two groups that are by definition exclusive, 'whites' and others’ becomes a point of agitation or aggravating circumstances. The awkwardness and inadequacy of all existing blanket terms for these others, such as 'minorities' or 'people of color,' stem from the repression and confusion involved in the very notion of whiteness or colorless.
To some extent, cultural whiteness in Arizona, may dominate events politically and culturally. It depends on demographics, geographic perception and the associated treatment applied to ‘others’ not white and of color. Thus if the demographics are opposite, a reverse perception may apply.
Arizona whiteness does exist. Arizona whiteness runs the government and the current prison system. It emerged decades ago and never relinquished control of the prison system as it imposes its will freely and clearly with tacit approval of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. It has been years since a white person ever directed the largest state agency and no change is expected in this transfer of power any time soon.
Therefore, the Arizona whiteness is in charge of the penal and criminal justice system and is the main provider for the sentencing and punishment of criminals incarcerated and kept there for an extensive amount of time compared to other states suggesting that non-whites are less moral than whites.
One might say, Arizona whiteness is a conservative whiteness leading to an ideology that suppresses the other colors and downgrades them in separate classes by race. Inside prison, this is a dominant event in the classification of housing, jobs, credit or good time and length of sentencing or time served. It extends all the way to the approval of parole and clemency appeals. Today, there is no formal juridical equality for color unless you are a member of the colorless race, the white race.
It is, besides, the ambiance of the modern corporate office, where niceness rules -- or rather, is the means of rule of political correctness. In the white-collar workplace everyone must act white: quiet, polite, cheerful, emotionally masked, sensually numb, perpetually busy, and willing to tolerate any humiliation as long as it's done with a smile.
Non-white is all that resists smiling self-adaptation to one's assigned yet ever-changing role as a component in the smooth positive flow of personal relationships.
This obviously creates a fallacy that offensive in nature. Fact is whiteness or colorless people can be equally misunderstood because of these assumptions created and ignoring behavioral norms and power relations, are questionable especially when imposed only on people of color. When applied within major institutions in our society this impacts the workplace, prisons, the school, the mall and other sites.
All these institutions teach possessive individualism; anxious competitiveness; rigid emotional control through 'niceness'; narrow or institutional and instrumental rationality; ready acceptance of isolation, boredom, and meaninglessness; the sacrifice of a lifetime for merchandise and security.
Most of them also implicitly associate these qualities and attitudes both with white or light skin, and with success and self-esteem. One can see, when distorted, the facts gets lost and the color plays a big part whether we are united or divided. Now, create this curmudgeon with prison life and you have instant conflict.
Skin privilege is fading in the community but not inside prisons. One would expect the reverse to occur since society’s working class is steadily including more whites than before. Now, a much larger majority of the prison populations inside Arizona are white too. Nearly half of all high-school graduates without college degrees today work in jobs that pay scarcely more than the minimum wage and it is likely this continuum of lack of success applies when they are released from prison as well.
The fact that the prison population now consists at least as much of white as of black and brown people is concealed by the fact that inside prisons, the whites hold better positions of authority and power than the black and brown poor.
This is to say that poor whites continue to receive considerably better treatment than poor blacks or brown and are not subject to correctional officials (police) harassment and other subtler forms of prejudice as well.
This can be challenged by a document search of the prison disciplinary and inmate employment systems. What has changed? The appearance of border patriot militiamen and Nazi skinheads in our society and inside our prisons. These groups continue to define whiteness and its privilege on old, skin- and religion-based terms.
The perception inside prison is because the administration is largely white and the majority in power the obvious conclusion of those of color is that if you are white, you are a partner in charge as the administration is mostly white. Strange but strong enough of an influence to cause hate and offensive behaviors to be encouraged and condoned by a colorless culture inside our prisons.
This is a colorless culture cultivated and grown in an obsessive form inside prisons. These types of disruptive individuals group up when incarcerated and draw support from each other better than the other races.
Whether deliberately or coincidental, they [whites] are better-off and unlike those of color who face stronger opposition to programs and work opportunities. Opportunities in the type of job assigned, as these jobs are less sophisticated, hours are longer and less paying work and diminished security as they struggle to maintain their position inside prison.
An underlying influence on riots and prisoner frustration that will never be revealed by any investigation ordered by the Governor of Arizona. The fact is, nobody will touch this subject the way this paper is written because it would reveal a reality that is grossly distorted and covered up by those influencing the criminal justice system in Arizona as well as the contributing factors of private prison organizations soliciting cheap prison labor from the state prisons to sustain their own market and profit making schemes.
In naming characters and situations in this part of the story, the words imagination, creativity, vision, sarcasm, comedy, parodies and satires are stretched way beyond the imagination.
One should take this writing with the grain of salt it is written with and a comedic view can be taken, but what appears to be a comedic significance, within the cultural control of this time period and environment, keep in mind as that what may be the truth since the takeover of the White Monkeys in Phoenix, Arizona.
White Monkeys, in charge of a domain spanning across the entire state and inflicting their unlimited power on matters that may determine life or death. One may occupy their minds and see what they want, then, evoke a smile but rather a sad one as it reflects the reality and sorrow of tomorrow.
To render a story in various forms and color, or in this case, colorless, of an epoch beyond the scope of vision and powers of any novelist or writer, this story will try and express a little of its arrogance, selfish spirit that exists and undoubtedly,, at the back of his mind in penning this short story and fictional tale.
This story cannot and should not be summed up with a snapshot or brief synopsis of ideas and concepts gleaned from the existing methodology used to run Arizona prisons. Without any further notions, it is written in a fictional style describing the who, what where, when or how what the future will be.
Everything in this story is relative. There are no longer absolutes and factual innuendoes. Each line written is placed in the content and context of fiction and placed for the sole purpose of provoking the mind to think, to create, to envision and to solve potential problems discussed, revealed, and implied in a setting that could in fact be anywhere, applied to any overcrowded shoddily run prison and any demographic condition imposed by regional and cultural influences.
You will see elements of God, free trade, slavery, corruption, extortion, coercion, ethics and a caste system like no other system described before in such an epoch based situation.
The reader will, admittedly, find some parts dull and some very boring and certainly expecting a more exciting or unpredictable conditions to dwell in, however, having experienced an earthquake and tornadic environment before in my life, you will not find yourself standing still and always grasping for more facts or knowledge in what is expressed or written.
The White Monkeys are people, a group of ordinary people who cannot be rushed, trusted and perform actions that are extremes. Saved by the grace of the devil, they survive with caustic, defensive humor, ill-tempered and resentful of interference, improvident and wasteful characteristics but endowed, skilled and possessed with a certain genius for recovery and collateral damage control.
The insolent characteristics of these White Monkeys will bear thinking about political will and ambitions. They certainly don’t suffer from any inferiority complexes and are indifferent to what other people this of them or anyone else.
No other peoples seem to be so arrogant, so sure of themselves and so blatantly narcissistic in behaviors, they keep their secrets well and incidentally, might be some of the best group of White Monkeys to not have public mouths to blow or trumpet their mistakes, their ambitions or their greedy lustful insidious personalities.
This group is a rare breed and strong enough to keep quiet about themselves and stay under the radar to draw any heat to their schemes and mind games related to the business of managing people inside of prisons. The epoch we are passing through is one which favors error, misjudgments, negligence and malfeasance in any executive position of the agency heads and member of the executive team.
There was never a time where real deterioration of humanity, compassion and kindness fibers had any less of a chance to existing than by this group of White Monkeys. This is contributed to their climate or tone that is so changeable so ill-tempered to any kind of good character, so formative of a pseudo true grit, and yet, so unhealthy for so many who deplore them.
What follows in this preface should be kept, read and reminded often in the light of these remarks that set the tone, culture and direction of the White Monkeys in charge of our prison system today.
In the present epoch, every special selected, recruited, and hired eunuch survived recent attacks on their abilities and political will. Each has survived and potently is a permanent fixture of this executive team called the White Monkeys. Their span of generations, makes them less self-conscious and insufficiently qualified for such positions as they follow the temper, the ill-mannered directions or their chosen leader.
In the end, it is hoped, prayed and wished that each one of these White Monkeys find their own demise and wither away like a mudslide in the monsoon seasonal spirit the rains bring to Arizona at least once a year with a vengeance that is God-bearing cold and sudden. It is hoped they not be sufficiently self-conscious to see the storm coming.
Their demise should be based with darkness as the background with more or less a fixed quantity of suffering and chaos that will each one questioning their plight and asking themselves if the evil they performed on others was worth living. A question they never asked themselves before as they lived their lives without ever asking whether their lives were worth living.
It is believed this will happen in a manner best seen to be formed of shape and sizes as well as colors of the past and present harm inflicted on people with the intense lack of self-conscious manner it was done. Their pain should be very absorbingly intense from day to day thereafter. Even if they don’t believe in a future life, they should have great faith that this pain and suffering will never disappear and haunt them forever.
There will be times of contemporaries, karma and destiny kind of temptations and frustrations. There will be a definite doubt their actions were deserving of punishment and eternal maltreatment by others to address their ill wills and corruptive behaviors. There will be times of insufficiently justified introspection and retrospection. Their conscious may suffer some setbacks and their hearts may be broken. Their spirit will be challenged as they attempt to progress beyond this point of suffering and humiliation.
What is sad, and this is said with humility and compassion, there will be times during this epoch they themselves will progress into doom or hell, with their sense of property and pride as well as their desires to provide for their progeny, with no end of success in the end. Everything happens for a reason under the stars of heaven and because of an eventual demise of power and replaced by new generational leaders, their owing respect and recognition will not be happening and everything this group of White Monkeys did, past and present, shall require re-valuation with no desire for redemption.
And since there is a hop, a prayer, a wish they seemingly be punished severely forever, there shall be little consideration for future properties, ownership or wealth and less the life before their end, determined to live now and forever in the pits of hell and damnation. Human nature does not change on points so evil and unnecessary in the destruction of human beings, incarcerated, chained, dehumanized and devaluated for the sake of dominance, control, power and profit.