My name is Peter Kamal Mukuria, currently incarcerated at Red Onion State Prison. My number is 0197165. I’m calling in with a commentary highlighting this blatant racism I recently encountered over something as minute as a haircut.
This unit is designed with its own barber here at Red Onion State Prison. Some white inmates started racializing things by saying that they need a white barber to cut white hair. Despite that these prisoners are bald and only use razors to shave, these racist requests were granted and a white barber was hired. On 5/26/17, I was asked if I needed a haircut, to which I stated “yes.” The white barber was cutting the white prisoner’s hair. The officers arrived at my door and inquired if I was waiting for my haircut, to which I responded by saying “yes,” and since they were promoting blatant racism, I told them I wanted a different barber to cut my hair. After all, the white barber was there to cut white people’s hair.
The officer, Phillips, took that as though I refused my haircut and proceeded to move on to the next prisoner. When the white barber was done cutting white inmates’ hair, he was being replaced by a black barber as I was to have my hair cut. And I noticed they pulled everyone out but myself. When I inquired as to why I didn’t get a haircut, I was informed that I received my haircut.
The next morning it was approximately 6:40 a.m., 5/28. On Sunday, I spoke to the shift supervisor on eight break concerning the information issue to which he responded by stating that he has to abide by his officer’s word that I refused my own haircut. After I expressed to him that I never refused my haircut, he became belligerent and defensive and began yelling verbal threats, saying, “You better shut the F up, well, maybe we’ll come in your cell and F you up, I don’t care how many witnesses you have. I promise you’ll be back in segregation next week.”
Despite the fact that I’m already in segregation, my response to his threat simply was you cannot out-think me, for I knew his intention was to incite me to react, which would have warranted him using OC spray cell extraction and most likely attack me while I was in the restraints. I also think the direction that [inaudible] his ego wouldn’t let him walk away without having the final word.
As he continued yelling that he asked [inaudible]. My response was, “Once again, you can’t out-think me.” It greatly infuriated him, and I’m locked in a cell for 23 hours a day. Each time I exit my cell I’m in restraints and this asinine notion [inaudible].
I mean, I maintained my composure, but the blatant disregard and blatant racism that’s being portrayed here is nothing new.
Anybody listening to this, I ask that you may call the Original Administrator at 540-561-7050 or the Warden’s Office here at 276-796-7510. The Warden’s name is Kaiser and please express to them the issues pertaining to comments there for Sergeant [inaudible]. The next time he comes back to work, you know, he’s going to do harm, he’s going to do this. He’s going to do a lot of things to me that he just kept yelling about. Wish I didn’t pay no mind but I greatly appreciate [inaudible] that might be listening to this commentary.
I greatly appreciate your time. Thank you.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.