Larry "Key" Mitchell refers to himself more as more a “prisoner of politics” than a “political prisoner." That is an interesting delineation. Mitchell's story which he relates below is the story of countless African American men. It is a story of true redemption, of the development of consciousness, of growth and change. It is the story of being forced to live as an outlaw, being labeled as this or that, of being persecuted inside and outside the prison walls, and overcoming all that, and of not being broken by all that. It is the story of how and why a man like Larry "Key" Mitchell represents such a huge threat to the prison industrial system, and to all the powers that be.
It is an amazing story to which no introduction which I write will do justice. It demands to be read.
The following, for Scission's Prison Friday is from the San Francisco Bay View.
Social consciousness, prison struggle and perseverance: a personal account