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  • Government Name: Tewhan Butler
  • Register Number: 26852-050
  • Age:34
  • Time Served:11 years
  • Home Town:East Orange, NJ
  • Sentence:30 yrs.
  • Current Charge:RICO
  • Alias:Massacre
  • Release Date:2029
  • Prison Affiliation:Blood (Double ii/QSBG)
  • Circle of Influence:Altariq Gumbs, Emmanuel Jones, Lester Alford, Marco Miguel Robertson, Pele Brown, David Drone, Jermaine Ray, Marcus Martin, Michael Simpson, Omar Austin, Quaheem Edwards, Torvos Simpson, Vincent Gamboa
  • Institution:USP McCreary
  • Here, my life behind bars offers understanding for those of you who venture into ‘the life’ with no understanding of its consequences: the adversity, the obstacles and the journey one must travel alone when the gavel is slammed, your cell is locked and the lights go out.

Bear Witness to America’s Massacre

It was seven when I heard the sirens
I had to get away, but my legs wouldn’t move.
I was running nowhere fast.

Suddenly, I was face down.
1, 2, 3 officers
hard tackled,
knee in my back,
arms wrestled behind me.

My rights were never read;
was told I had none.
To take another man’s life is said to be the most egregious sin,
and so is the denial of justice.

Head mushed down,
cop car door slammed shut.
“We got ’em Capt!”

Mistaken identity,
my guilt mistaken.
Identifying innocence in a man of a darker hue would never be mistaken.
GUILTY!
No judge, no jury.

A badge and a gun;
you call ’em the law,
we call ’em executioners.

Excessive force–
from hose spraying
to K9s,
chokeholds,
Nixon’s War on Drugs,
NOT GUILTY verdicts for Zimmerman
the killers of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice,
burned churches to church shootings.

For me my skin represents hope, despite despair.
For you my blackness illustrates the threat to the supremacist ideologies America harbors,
and so you cage me,
slave me,
rape my face,
all while quoting the Constitution.

Thank you Ava Duvernay,
Thank you Angela Davis.
Thank you Michelle Alexander.
Thank you Assata- We applaud you for making America’s Top Ten Most Wanted List, not because we champion criminality. Your refusal to surrender is a pure example of the fight for justice.

When told I wouldn’t make it to see 21, at 22 I laughed, until my 23rd birthday hit and I was murdered by a judge with a gavel, armed with something just as deadly as shotgun slugs . . . federal sentencing guidelines. At 37, I’m living dead in the graveyard of potential called prison. A slave labeled as an inmate. Repeated attempts to break my spirit . . . rehabilitation.

5% of the world’s population, 25% of the world’s prison population . . . AMERICA’s Massacre!

Huey P. Newton said it best, “Politics is war without the bloodshed.”

Politicians are everyday waging a war against the lower class, while law enforcement is doing the same, minus the politics. Just check the news.

Believe you me America, as Massacre, I stood before the courts and accepted responsibility for my own doing and much more, yet we still sit and wait for you to acknowledge the death and despair you deal to us and ours.

Tewhan Butler, author of America’s Massacre.

  

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