(Editor’s note: This is an ongoing blog series about Mass Incarceration and the Issues Around Reentry by Miea Walker. Miea writes from her personal experience of incarceration and the criminal…
"What do you see when you look at me?" As a little girl growing up I always wondered what people saw when they met me. I would constantly fret – racing thoughts would flood my mind as I dissected my conversations with others wondering if somehow my words betrayed me by exposing my pain and anguish. Do they know my secret? Did they know at the age of 5 my first job was the gatekeeper for my family? Do they see my shame? Can they feel the brokenness emanating from my words? Please don’t see me.
Today is the day I choose to walk out my truth. I am a former offender and I was incarcerated. I have been home for three years and during that time I experienced some of the best and worst moments of my life, specifically carrying feelings of shame and guilt.