Conscientious objectors have been on my mind today as I flicked through an anthology called ‘The Pacifist Conscience‘, an old Pelican from the 60’s.
One story in particular caught my attention. It was based on the experiences of conscientious objectors in a US prison during the 2nd World War and told by Harold Schoenfeld. In it he mentions one fellow prisoner
Dave arose and followed him. David was a divinity student whose first act in prison had been against the segregation of Negroes. Walking into the mess hall he had deliberately stepped out of the white men’s line and sat at a Negro table. The mess hall is the most heavily guarded spot in a prison and the simple action took extreme courage. His punishment was swift and ruthless; yet afterwards, he had consistently opposed the Bureau’s racist policy along with the rest of us.’