Kitchen politics

Oguntodu, Joseph

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Kitchen Politics I started out in the kitchen on Aug 11, 2017. I noticed that they have segregated the races. I seen more Latinos in the scullery, blacks on the serving line, whites in veggie prep, pots/pans, warehouse, clerical. Also co-workers try to prey on the weak by harassing them. Many have been fired from the kitchen because they drew too much heat. I have tried to make the kitchen a safer place where people can feel comfortable. I told myself 3 yrs ago that I wouldn't work there. Now I am enjoying it because no only I get to eat, but I can get away from the dayroom politics. I get asked, "Why are you not going to work to inmates demanding me to work harder. Many of them are just there as a magnet. The demographics of the kitchen tend to be older. There's two that had been in the kitchen over 10 yrs. I have never worked in a kitchen. The concept was new to me. I spent my time working in grocery stores cashiering or working in customers service. I did a stint in probations, telemarketing, canvassing, substitute teaching. I had to find my place. It seems that everywhere I go, I have to deal with a lot of drama. The people I want to have around me refuse while the people I don't want to associate with push themselves on me. I come in exhausted and the first thing I want to do is shower and rest. A lot of times it is impossible. I am ripping and running. I start my day out the Law Library dropped my materials off, head to work, stop at the pill window and so back to work. People try to stop me. I tell them that I'm at work. They get mad because they feel that I'm ignoring them. Everyone craves attention. I am barred from working in the floor due to being too social. It is hard to balance the two. When I spend a lot of time talking, I get easily distracted. I felt a knot on the right side of my neck and it went down. I am not sure if it's stress related. I just can't wait until the end of 2017. Then going on 2 years. I don't know if I want to work in the kitchen at a restaurant. If so, maybe Whole Foods, Panera Bread, Chili's, Trader Joe's or some progressive company. I do plan on writing to different restaurants and asking if they will hire felons. I think I should learn how a kitchen operates. I noticed there's allergens around too. most of the comrades don't eat their vegetables. It is an epidemic. They have served trashy food. They serve a lot of pork, starch, etc. Many in prison are overweight. On the Diet for Health they still serve white rice, pasta, etc. I had a crazy Friday being bothered as usual by the people I'm not attracted to. When will this going to end. I do plan on finishing my last 3 years in the kitchen without apology. I hope that it will get better. Maybe work in a queer based kitchen in the freeworld.

Author: Oguntodu, Joseph

Author Location: Texas

Date: August 25, 2017

Genre: Essay

Extent: 2 pages

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