"A healthy relationship is one where two independent people just make a deal that they will help make the other person the best version of themselves."
"I imagine the U.S. prison not as a discrete institution, but, rather, as an abstracted site — or, if you will, a prototype — of organized punishment and social, civil, and biological death. Envision the durable reproduction and institutional portability of the prison’s regulated bodily violence and social and psychic disintegration, and consider how these technologies of domination have marked the formation of the American prison in the aftermath of chattel slavery’s formal abolition. The prison’s fundamental logic of power becomes apparent and comprehensible through the drama of racist state violence that creatively renders (that is, materially practices and discursively represents) the physical subjection of the racially overdetermined captive body. But the prison is not an apartheid arrangement in the orthodox sense. While the bodily violence of the regime’s arrangement is constitutive of living histories of white supremacist violence (slavery, colonization and occupation, lynching, and racialized sexual violence), state power is now often a multicultural state project (hence the sometimes conspicuous racial and gender ‘diversity’ of prison administration and workforces: guards, wardens, doctors, and prison volunteers). Additionally, while ‘white’ bodies compose a significant (though disproportionately minor) element of the imprisoned population, the condition of white captivity is defined by the juxtaposition of structures of white decriminalization with those of black, brown, and indigenous hypercriminalization and racial pathologization. The post- 1970s age of the prison industrial complex has engendered an institutional revision of mass-based black civic liquidation as a central concern of the carceral regime’s contemporary logic. That is, the antiblack ‘racial formation’ of the prison forms the
condition of possibility (if not the procedural blueprint) for the policing and targeted incarceration of other racially pathologized bodies/communities."
Dylan Rodriguez, “(Non)Scenes of Captivity: The Common Sense of Punishment and Death.”