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Racial Battle Fatigue

"Were You In Prison?": Exposing Assumptions Of Incarceration While In A Doctoral Program

Roberto Montoya, M.A. | Posted 11.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Roberto Montoya, M.A.

Not unkindly he asks "what program?" I tell him that I am starting my PhD. Without hesitation he responds "were you in prison?" The question stupefied me. I immediately thought, "Dude, I have never even received more than parking ticket. What would make you think I was in prison?" It's not like I have visible tattoos, as if that is some guarantee of previous incarceration. Yet, inherently, I knew he was referring to my pigmentation and perceived cultural background.

Christopher Dorner and Racial Battle Fatigue

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

It's easy to say that Dorner could have expressed his grief in a productive way. But by acting on his sense of vengeance, Dorner has shown us how susceptible we are to participating in the cycle of abuse.