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Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page W18

We gave a disposable camera to Legba Carrefour, a student at the University of the District of Columbia. This is his photo diary.

Carrefour at Dupont Circle. ()
"I had to leave virginia tech . . . I got arrested for spray-painting anti-racism graffiti, anti-rape graffiti . . . I got a two-month jail sentence after that . . . It was an interesting exper-ience. I mean, it was basically two months of sitting on my ass . . . All I really did in jail was watch dating shows and read comics . . . [The inmates] watched a lot of 'Cops' . . . The weird thing was, some guy would be running from the cops, and they'd shout, 'Get that guy! Get that [expletive].' I was, like, What are you people about? . . . One of the guys was watching one episode and said, 'Oh my God, that's my cousin' . . . Essentially, it was like high school with very few students and no classes . . . [Afterward] I really wanted a shower, shave and a haircut. I think my first instinct was to start doing drugs when I got out.

Top: A demonstration on the steps of the Supreme Court, protesting the swearing-in of Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. Bottom: A rally in New York for the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. (Legba Carrefour)

"I've been arrested for other stuff. I got arrested in 2000 outside of the Supreme Court at a 'Free Abu-Jamal' rally. I lay down in the middle of a street and wouldn't get up . . . I got arrested at the IMF protests. And, obviously, I got arrested when I spray-painted . . . I've gotten arrested enough times, and part of me wants to go legit . . . The reason I get involved in some of the more confrontational stuff . . . for me there is a personal liberation that goes on . . . I get really pumped up. I definitely get an adrenaline rush off of it."

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