Herman Wallace has spent decades and decades in solitary confinement. Herman Wallace is dying of liver cancer. Herman Wallace isn't looking for your pity. Herman Wallace is a man (and, in one of the few instances I can think of, I use the word "man" in a positive way).
I have written about Herman Wallace and the Angola Three numerous times. I merely call your attention to my post "Buried in Cages of Cement and Steel" from January of 2010, for example. I don't know what to write that I haven't written before.
I will only mention that Wallace was finally released from solitary following his cancer diagnosis. However, the prison failed to administer the recommended chemo drugs for six weeks until his lawyer raised hell. By then, however, Herman had lost fifty pounds and was no longer able to respond to treatment.
Still the state can't see a way to free a man who never should have been locked up in the first place.
In a statement he made on September 10th, Herman Wallace said,
"Nothing can be done for me medically within the standard care that (my oncologists) are authorized to provide. They recommended that I be admitted to hospice care to make my remaining days as comfortable as possible. I have been given two months to live.
I want the world to know that I am an innocent man and that Albert Woodfox is innocent as well. The state may have stolen my life, but my spirit will continue to struggle along with Albert and the many comrades that have joined us along the way here in the belly of the beast."
Too many comrades, too long...Makes me so angry, so sick, so disgusted...and so ashamed that we haven't been able to do more.
Herman Wallace is, indeed, a man.
The first post below for Scission Prison Friday is from Hip Hop and Politics. The second is from Slate.