This book was assigned to me as a part of a history course at the University of Central Florida. The professor for the course, Dr. Curtis Austin, could not have angered me more by exposing the life of someone I viewed as a my own brother to the white people in the course. He was ridiculed, chastised, and deplored; to my surprise, a black man's life was sincerely understood. I've learned so much about our nation from this novel.
I did not speak in class during the sessions in which Shakur was discussed, a decision I've grown to regret. However, the novel itself speaks with an eloquence that I may never understand. My childhood was tough, but the life this human being had to live was dispicable. What nation, so dedicated to the principles America expouses, would allow a child to have to decide between killing and living-- to live for death or destruction.
Any American, or for that matter any human being with a conscious must read this novel. My life echoed the violence, drugs, and desparation of decadence. His world is mine own, and Shakur's world is yours; C-nation is the antithesis of American democracy.
We're talking about making the world safe for democracy, we better make L.A. safe for children first.
Please read this novel.