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David Lee Morgan: ATTICA

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Published on Mar 1, 2011

Attica Prison, upstate New York, 1971.
Facing death, they chose to ally themselves with the oppressed people of the world. They were not fools. They knew what the price might be. ..

"Of 2,225 inmates, 54% of the inmates were African American and 9% Puerto Rican; however, all of the 383 correctional officers were white. From reports on the prison conditions, some corrections officers were openly racist and assaulted the prisoners with their batons, which they dubbed 'nigger sticks'." - Wikkipedia

As in other U.S. prisons, the guards maintained control by pitting different nationalities against each other. But this was at the high point of the revolutionary upsurge of the 1960s - the prisoners overcame their divisions and united to take over the prison. They put forward demands around practical things like adequate food, blankets, toilet paper... But they also aligned themselves with the struggle against the Vietnam War and against racism in the United States.

Conditions were so bad in Attica prison -- seriously living-in-hell-with-satanic-overlords bad -- that the prisoners were willing to risk death to try to change things. That is the bottom line. Beneath all that bravado were human beings who knew they had a good chance of dying, but felt they had no choice. Facing death, they chose to ally themselves with the oppressed people of the world. They were not fools. They knew what the price might be.

As far as the hostages - if there had been no hostages, the storm-troopers would have started the assault immediately. The governor of New York at the time was Nelson Rockefeller, grandson of John D. Rockefeller who ordered the murder of men, women and children in the Ludlow massacre against striking mine workers in 1914. During the Attica prison strike, Nelson Rockefeller negotiated at a distance for three days while he deployed a great mass of assault troops. Then he ordered the assault.

Twenty-nine prisoners and ten hostages were killed in the assault. Significantly, with the exception of one guard who died of injuries sustained during the takeover, the other nine hostages who died were killed by the assault troops during the assault. In their haste to exact a toll from the prisoners, the assault troops murdered nine of their own kind.

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