Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex

Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex
by Adisa Banjoko and Arash Daneshzadeh | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile)

“He confused science fiction with science facts, He couldn’t separate the block, from recorded tracks” – GZA, Illusory Protection

In 2006, I created the Hip-Hop Chess Federation to teach kids chess and correlating life skills. A few years ago, a young Black female student tried to sneak past me in the lobby at John O’Connell High School where I worked as a security guard. She was late. Being the ever inquisitive security guard, I slipped into stealth mode. It was a hot morning. As she tried to skip through the lobby entrance I playfully popped outta the shadows and said “What time is it?!”

The girl grabbed her phone from her front pocket and glanced at her phone—it was off. “ I dunno what time it is!” Half startled and irritated from my AM kung-fu moves.

For a soundless second her eyes blinked between my face and the face on the clock. Her shoulders sagged—her chin dropped like a scolded toddler. “I can’t tell time” she confessed. “Please don’t tell anybody, it’s embarrassing. Nobody knows.”

About hiphopchessfederation

The Hip Hop Chess Federation fuses music chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence. Our goal is to improve the intellectual, cultural and artistic state of young American minds.
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