Here’s what you should spend some time reading right away. An essay published on Gawker by Kiese Laymon about growing up black in Jackson, MS. It’s a really good read. It’s hard to decide what to excerpt so I’ll just give you the first paragraph. More of this, please, Gawker.
I’ve had guns pulled on me by four people under Central Mississippi skies â€” once by a white undercover cop, once by a young brother trying to rob me for the leftovers of a weak work-study check, once by my mother and twice by myself. Not sure how or if I’ve helped many folks say yes to life but I’ve definitely aided in few folks dying slowly in America, all without the aid of a gun.