Something I have noticed throughout my prison time is the struggle between white-collar offenders and drug offenders. Especially since I have been at the camp for the past 4+ years and I have never seen two groups of people butt heads so much and so often.
I guess it’s a combination of personality and expectations. So, I did some investigating into the feud and spoke to a handful of individuals from both parties and found out what about the other irritated them so much.
I started with the drug offenders, and I found them more vocal about their disgust and frustrations. I found out the drug offender lives by a set of values and principles, some of those being don’t talk to the cops, don’t tell on one another, talk to one another with respect, and don’t intrude into others business, being a few.
They feel the white-collar offenders don’t follow many of these principles if at all. They also like to criticize the white collar’s for their victims and often refer their crimes as, stealing old ladies retirement. I then asked many of them about their victims, and if they felt they had any from their drug activity. One responded, “the difference is I never sold drugs to anyone who didn’t want them; they steal money from people who don’t want money stolen.”
I thought that was interesting and maybe a fair argument but noticed the fact that they still chose to overlook the damage that their drug activity has (which I’ve realized immensely) on society.
Another said about the victims question, “the only victims I have are my family, for me not being there.”
So I asked what they hated so much about white collars, and many said they don’t hate all of them just certain ones. They went on with a general description of the ones they couldn’t stand, they victimize the innocent, you can’t tell them anything, they think they know it all.
They also forget they are inmates, most likely because they relate more to the COs, then the inmates. The majority of them think they didn’t commit a crime or do anything wrong, claim they are innocent and have no remorse. I asked the drug offenders to rank the hierarchy from the worst offender to best offender and to include themselves, and this was what it looked like…
- Child Molester
- White Collar
- Crooked Cop
- Drug Dealer
- Drug User
- Various petty crimes committed on federal property
Some of the drug offenders did admit that certain white-collar crimes were more acceptable or less shameful than others, those being: printing money, identity theft, big bank scams, pretty much anything where the losses are covered by insurance.
Then I went to the white-collar offenders and told them what the drug offenders said about them and asked if they would like to defend themselves and let me know what they thought of the drug offenders.
Yes, I will admit that I manipulated the situation to get the juiciest information possible, and this is what they had to say.
They 100% agreed that although they were better than the drug offenders in every aspect of the real world, they also realized that prison was the drug offenders world, they were just visitors. The main components that separate them from drug offenders are education and upbringing.
In response to stealing grandma’s purse and retirement, they said, “they are so intellectually weak that they can’t come up with some different than that line.” They go on to say, “…it’s funny how they criticize white-collar offenders for taking money, but once they are locked up they do their best white-collar impersonation by begging for money from mom, dad, siblings, ex-wives, and girlfriends, and anyone on a dating or pen-pal site, oh and let’s not forget grandma. ”
Some went as far as saying drug dealers are uneducated and illiterate degenerates that don’t pay child support or take care of their families, sell drugs to and use kids to traffic them, and poison our society. They also feel drug offenders are so malicious towards them that they went as far as using the analogy, “white collars are to drug dealers, what black people are to white nationalists.”
Well, it’s safe to say they don’t like each other. And I don’t think my journalism helped the situation at all. But it did give us an interesting first-hand account from some of the inmates wrapped up into the feud.
As you know, I have both cocaine conspiracy charges as well as money laundering, so I guess I am in here living a double life, and mingling with both. But of course I catch flack from my drug dealing buddies when I am associating with the white collars and vice versa, but I am who I am, getting along with everyone, and I’m not going to change that.
Thanks for listening!
[…] That is when Ben and so many like him were given the great news, they are going home, some with only a few months or years served and many more months or years to go. The white-collar inmates made up the majority of this group. This caused the already growing tensions to skyrocket. If you are wondering why then read my post about the war between drug offenders and white-collar inmates. […]