By Stanley Tookie Williams
A gripping story of private revolution by way of a guy who went from Crips co-founder to Nobel Peace Prize nominee, writer, and antigang activist
while his L.A. local used to be threatened through gangbangers, Stanley Tookie Williams and a chum shaped the Crips, yet what begun as safety grew to become worse than the unique gangs. From lethal highway fights with their opponents to drive-by shootings and stealing vehicles, the Crips' impression -- and Tookie's popularity -- started to unfold throughout L.A. quickly he was once on a regular basis below police surveillance, and, accordingly, was once arrested usually, although continually published as the fees didn't stick. yet in 1981, Tookie used to be convicted of murdering 4 humans and was once despatched to dying row at San Quentin in Marin County, California.
Tookie maintained his innocence and commenced to paintings in earnest to avoid others from following his course. no matter if he used to be developing national peace protocols, discouraging kids from becoming a member of gangs, or writing books, Tookie labored tirelessly for the remainder of his lifestyles to finish gang violence. Even after his dying, his legacy keeps, supported by means of such members as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Snoop Dogg, Jesse Jackson, and plenty of extra.
This posthumous version of Blue Rage, Black Redemption contains a foreword by means of Tavis Smiley and an epilogue through Barbara Becnel, which information not just the impact of Tookie's activism but in addition her eyewitness account of his December 2005 execution, and the inquest that undefined.
via turns scary and enlightening, Blue Rage, Black Redemption is a testomony to the power of the human spirit and a useful lesson in how rage could be become redemption.
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When the huddle broke up, the cops tried to elicit a confession from us with the good-cop, bad-cop routine. It pissed me off that two complete strangers would try to get me to snitch. My own mother, who was deadlier than any cop to me, wasn’t able to get a word out of me, yet these cops thought they could. Plus, every child in the neighborhood knew that cops were the enemy. When the good-cop routine failed, the pudgy cop tried the “bad” routine on me. He threatened to bust me upside the head if I didn’t tell him who ate the cookies.
I told him about the brothers at McDonald’s and the questions that I had been asked. In particular, I wanted to know how he felt about fighting to spend the rest of his life—which could be another twenty-five plus years—behind bars. Death or life in prison? What does it feel like to face that inevitability? Stan smiled as he told me that his ability to influence young people to stay out of gangs was reason enough to want to live. He said that in spite of the soul-stripping regimens of prison, he had learned how to create and experience his own joie de vivre, the French term for joy of life.
To me, Mrs. Monroe was a female version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. When sober, she was an amiable soul who liked me and didn’t curse that much. But drunk, her facial expression became a scowl, her speech foul, and to her I was like a red cape to a bull. She actually enjoyed marching me home to tell my mother lies about my getting Monroe into trouble. As usual, I prepared myself for another biblical beating. But it was not a deterrent for me. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t enjoy getting into trouble.