Monday, October 8, 2018

What's In A Label? by Jeff Utnage

Quick, think of the word criminal, now, make a mental list of all traits that word is associated with.

Now, do the same thing for the word offender. What traits come to mind when you think of the word offender?

I would bet that none of them are positive traits. Loving, caring, compassionate probably didn't come to mind.

On my ID, which I must wear at all times in the upper left hand corner of my outer most garment says the word OFFENDER just below my name. Fun fact, our ID's are green rectangles, did you know that those in concentration camps in Nazi Germany who were convicted of a crime had to wear a green triangle with their OFFENDER number in the upper left of their outer most garment? Because the shape has changed suddenly its humane?

So long as I am an OFFENDER and I am called an OFFENDER I will always be associated with the character traits of an OFFENDER and not a human being.

Think about it...


With Love
Jeff "Jeffebelle" Utnage - a.k.a. human
www.lgbtqprisonsupport.com 

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