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American Renaissance May 2005. California Prison Segregation to End; The Lucasville Riot; Hurrah, Hurrah, for Southern Rights, Hurrah!; The Crime the Media Chose to Ignore; O Tempora, O Mores!; Letters from Readers
American Renaissance May 2005. California Prison Segregation to End; The Lucasville Riot; Hurrah, Hurrah, for Southern Rights, Hurrah!; The Crime the Media Chose to Ignore; O Tempora, O Mores!; Letters from Readers

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American Renaissance - 1 - May 2005
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There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.
Thomas Jefferson
Vol. 16 No. 5May 2005
California Prison Segregation to End
American Renaissance
The Supreme Court ig-nores racial reality.
by Stephen Webster
O
n February 23, the UnitedStates Supreme Court is-sued a ruling that is likelyto stamp out the last vestige of gov-ernment-enforced racial segrega-tion in the United States. In
 John-son v. California
, it ordered theNinth Circuit Court of Appeals toreview the housing policies of theCalifornia prison system, and to ap-ply legal standards that will prob-ably lead it to ban the practice of temporarily grouping new arrivalsby race and ethnicity. At issue waswhether the California Department of Correction’s (CDC) decades-old prac-tice of giving prisoners initial cellmatesof their own race violates the Equal Pro-tection Clause of the 14th Amendment.The policy, of course, was to keep in-mates from killing each other, but merelysaving lives is less important to six Su-preme Court justices than promoting themyth that race is not supposed to mat-ter.
Prison Reality
The California prison system is notonly the largest in the country but alsothe most racially mixed. Of 160,000 in-mates, men account for 150,000 or 94percent. In 2003, the system took in morethan 112,000 men. The racial mix is analmost perfect recipe for friction: 37percent Hispanic, 29 percent white, 29percent black, and six percent Asian,American Indian, and Pacific Islander.Race- and even ethnic-based gang vio-lence is the top security concern forprison guards. California, in the wordsof one official, is “ground-zero” for race-based prison gangs.For prisoners in most states, asidefrom the fact of incarceration itself, raceis the central reality of life. For Califor-nia prisoners, race-based gangs are of-ten the very key to survival. Gangs pro-tect members from other gangs, and area source of information on friends andenemies. Gangs supply food and ciga-rettes, and arrange visits from people onthe outside. Gangs dictate prison eti-quette, and enforce it with violence.Because prison is such a dangerousplace—a single misstep can provoke abeating or even death—gang membersform strong bonds.There are two main Hispanic prisongangs in California: the Mexican Mafiaor
 La Eme
(from the Spanish pronun-ciation of the letter “m”), which is asouthern California Hispanic gang, andNuestra Familia, a northern CaliforniaHispanic gang. The northern and south-ern Hispanics hate each other. NuestraFamilia has a sub-group, Nuestra Raza,that operates in the high-security hous-ing units. The main black prison gang isthe Black Guerilla Family, although theCrips and the Bloods are also active.There are two major white
 
gangs, theAryan Brotherhood and the Nazi LowRiders. The Low Riders grew out of theAryan Brotherhood in the 1980s andtend to be younger. The Hells An-gels have a minor presence.Interestingly, the Aryan Broth-erhood has a defensive alliancewith the southern Hispanics of theMexican Mafia against the north-ern Hispanics of Nuestra Familiaand against the Black GuerillaFamily. Apparently southern His-panics hate their northern kinfolk even more than they hate whitepeople. The Aryan Brotherhoodalso has friendly relations with theother white gangs, the Nazi LowRiders and the Hells Angels.Gangs are inherently violent. Theyroutinely rob other prisoners or forcethem into prostitution. Some gangs makeprospective members kill another pris-oner in order to join. This is known as“making your bones.” Hispanic andblack gangs are notorious for mayhembut the Aryan Brotherhood is no strangerto violence, either. Prison authoritiesdescribe it as “a singularly vicious prisongang that has a hostility to black in-mates.” Race-based gangs are such aproblem in California that the state builta special “Supermax” prison at PelicanBay—in the northwest corner of thestate, as far from other prisons as pos-sible—to hold the worst cases. This iswhere the leaders live.Gangs are the only significant pris-oner groupings, which means there areno real affiliations that are
not 
race-based. Race and ethnicity are the bound-aries of what amount to warring armies.This is why California temporarily sepa-rates new male inmates by race. Womenare less violent, so they are never segre-gated.
A guard runs to break up a prison-yard fight.
Southern Hispanic pris-oners hate northern His-panics even more thanthey hate white people.
 
American Renaissance - 2 - May 2005
 Letters from Readers
Sir — I know you would have givenmuch not to have had to dedicate yourApril issue to Sam Francis, but it is, in-deed, a fine tribute. Yours and Mr.Dickson’s personal reflections weremoving. I learned much about Sam thatI did not know.I liked the spirit of the man, and howhe could cut through the nonsense of asubject and get to the deep-down grit. Ialways looked forward to his take on theissues of our times, since so many of hisviews concurred with mine. I respectedhis determination to look out for the in-terests of his own race. It was clear heunderstood the damage that had beendone to both blacks and whites becauseof the form of “liberation” that was thruston us.I knew that his frankness had donehim in at the
Washington Times
, and Ioften wondered about the degree towhich his future had been underminedor sidetracked because he was above-board and open with his views. You clari-fied some of this in your article.Two days before the news of hisdeath, I had sent Sam a get well note.So, like everyone else, I was totally un-prepared for the end.I understand the long-range and over-all importance of what is lost with Sam’sdeath. You and Mr. Dickson allude to itin your articles. It was not just his knowl-edge, intelligence and wit that made himimportant, but his very presence. Thefact that Sam Francis was out there do-ing his upfront, no-nonsense stuff, gavea kick in the pants to others to be morecourageous, even if they could not bequite so candid. Mr. Dickson called himirreplaceable and I think this will be evenmore obvious as time goes on.Elizabeth Wright, EditorIssues and Views (www.issues-views.com)Sir — I appreciated immensely yourand Sam Dickson’s obituaries of SamFrancis. I have to say “appreciated” be-cause “enjoyed” would be completelyinappropriate in these very sad circum-stances. I spent only a few hours withSam but I took to him instantly. I hadheard about his gruff manner in advancebut it did not bother me. There was somuch evident sincerity underneath—to-gether with a dry sense of humor neverfar away.Your and Mr. Dickson’s obituariesfitted in completely with my own brief impressions. The theme of courage—particularly appropriate because he hadmore to lose than most—sends out someadmirable signals to those who are lessintrepid. The utter cowardice of conser-vatives is equally visible on both sidesof the big ocean.I particularly liked Mr. Dickson’s pas-sage on calculation. It is the hallmark of every politician. “What’s in it for me?”is the overriding question that deter-mines all decisions and stances. Howdifferent was Sam!Although I knew him far less and fornot nearly as long as either of you, I tooexperienced a great sadness when I heardof his passing. Such people are veryrare—anywhere. I am sometimes forcedto work with uncongenial people be-cause it is in the service of somethingmuch higher than ourselves. Encounterswith those few like Sam Francis are thegreat compensation for all this.John Tyndall, EditorSpearhead (www.spearhead.com)Sir — Thank you for making the Aprilissue a tribute to Sam Francis. AlthoughI did not know Dr. Francis, I was wellacquainted with his writings and consid-ered him a mentor.I began reading Dr. Francis’ columnin the
Washington Times
when I movedto DC in the early 1990s, and was veryimpressed by the clarity of his thought.Before I began reading his work, I wasconservative, but not racially aware.That changed when I heard Dr. Francisgive a lecture on immigration oneevening at George Mason University. Inhis talk he mentioned census bureau pro- jections showing that whites would be aminority in the US by the middle of thiscentury, and explained what that meantfor the future. It was the first time I hadever heard anyone talk about this, and if I had to point to a single moment when Ibecame racially aware, that was it. Morethan ever I regret that I did not intro-duce myself to him that night.Despite the sadness I felt as I read theApril issue, I had to smile when JaredTaylor mentioned that there were peoplewho subscribed to the
Times
just to readSam Francis. That was why I began tak-ing the national weekly edition of thepaper after I relocated to the midwest—and I cancelled my subscription the veryday I heard he had been fired. I sub-scribed to
Chronicles
magazine for thesame reason, and discovered AR througha link on his old discussion forumwebsite.Other than my father and two collegeprofessors, I can think of no one whohad a greater intellectual influence onme than Sam Francis. I will miss him,too.Benjamin Giles, Carmel, Ind.
 R .I .P . R .I .P . R .I .P . R .I .P . R .I .P .
 
American Renaissance - 3 - May 2005
American Renaissance is published monthly by theNew Century Foundation. NCF is governed by section501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contributionsto it are tax deductible.Subscriptions to American Renaissance are $24.00 per year. First-class postage isan additional $8.00. Subscriptions to Canada (first class) are $36.00. Subscriptionsoutside Canada and the U.S. (air mail) are $40.00. Back issues are $3.00 each. Foreignsubscribers should send U.S. dollars or equivalent in convertible bank notes.Please make checks payable to: American Renaissance, P.O. Box 527, Oakton, VA22124. ISSN No. 1086-9905, Telephone: (703) 716-0900, Facsimile: (703) 716-0932,Web Page Address: www.AmRen.com
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American Renaissance
Jared Taylor, EditorStephen Webster, Assistant EditorIan Jobling, Web Page EditorGeorge McDaniel, Web Page ConsultantHousing prisoners is complicated.There are 32 prisons in the state, but onlyseven have what are euphemisticallyknown as “reception centers” that pro-cess newcomers and transfers. There issegregation
only
in the reception centers,and a new convict never stays in a cen-ter for more than 60 days before he isassigned permanent quarters. These areeither attached to the reception centeror in a prison that doesn’t have a center.Whenever a man transfers from oneprison to another, he makes a stop of nomore than 14 days in a center before hegets his new assignment.There is great variety in prison hous-ing, with many men double- and triple-bunked in great, barracks-like rooms thathold as many as 225. In “reception cen-ters,” however, prisoners get two-mancells, where they are evaluated to seewhat kind of permanent housing (gen-eral population, maximum security, etc.)they should get. These two-man, recep-tion-center cells where men are held forbrief evaluation are never integrated.Most men probably don’t even knowthere is a segregation policy; they get acellmate of the same race and think noth-ing of it.What is the purpose of the evaluation?First, the authorities have to decide howviolent a prisoner is likely to be. Theyconsider his physical and mental health.They check his criminal history, and if he is transferring from another prison,they read his prison record. Low-secu-rity men—the most numerous—go todormitories. Medium-security men getpermanent two-man cells, and maxi-mum-security threats get single cells. If a man is known to have testified againstanother prisoner, to have shot someone’sbest friend, or to have some other rea-son to hate or be hated, this affects hishousing assignment. Convicted policeofficers and child molesters—whom allother prisoners despise—get specialtreatment, too. The prison system triesto be very thorough in its evaluations,and has a 75-man unit that does back-ground checks both inside and outsidethe walls.The men in centers are therefore newadditions to a population, and guardswant to look them over before decidingwhat to do with them. They are prob-ably complete strangers to each other,sharing living quarters that are morecramped and intimate than anything mostof us will ever experience, and prisonauthorities want cellmates to get along.Size and physical condition are part of the calculation, since no one wants toput a weakling in with a gorilla. The ideais to give a man a cellmate he is unlikelyto hate—someone of his own race.In many cases, officials even subdi-vide prisoners along ethnic lines. “Youcannot house a Japanese inmate with aChinese inmate. You cannot,” says LindaL. Schulteis, Associate Warden at Cali-fornia State Prison-Lancaster. “They willkill each other. They won’t even tell youabout it. They will just do it,” She saysthe same is true for Laotians, Vietnam-ese, Cambodians, and Filipinos. Like-wise, a Hispanic from northern Califor-nia cannot be put in the same cell with aHispanic from southern California.

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