I believe society views my post-prison quality of life as a topic so foreign and insignificant that it barely warrants a thought, much less a discussion. In society’s collective consciousness an ex-con should be content with a meager salary, even though that salary doesn’t afford him the luxury of being able to pay his rent. And in society’s collective consciousness, an ex-con should refrain from feeling negatively about his position of employment, no matter how degrading it may be because, after all, “it’s better than being in prison.” When an ex-con is denied a position because of his background, as discriminatory as that may sound, society will frequently view it as “understandable,” then immediately turn around and denounce discrimination as evil and intolerable, but I get it, that’s only when the victim is someone other than an ex-con. I guess I’m supposed to be content with the scraps thrown in my direction because, let’s face it, an ex-con should know that he deserves nothing, not one penny, much less a high-paying job. He must learn to subsist on crumbs that fall from higher up. It’s a nationally accepted truth. I wish there were people willing to protest for us, who would march for us and with us. I wish people would recognize that a fight for better educational opportunities for prisoners is a fight for a better America.