After pumping eight blasts from a sawed-off shotgun at a group of rival gang members, twelve-year-old Kody Scott was initiated into the L.A. gang the Crips. He quickly matured into one of the most formidable Crip combat soldiers, earning the name “Monster” for committing acts of brutality and violence that repulsed even his fellow gang members. When the inevitable jail term confined him to a maximum-security cell, a complete political and personal transformation followed: from Monster to Sanyika Shakur, black nationalist, member of the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and crusader against the causes of gangsterism. In a document that has been compared to The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice, Shakur makes palpable the despair and decay of America’s inner cities and gives eloquent voice to one aspect of the black ghetto experience today.
This dispatch from a maximum-security prison chronicles Scott's transformation from a ``gangbanging ghetto star'' to an evangelical proponent of black nationalism.
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Powerful. When the book ended I was disappointed I wanted to continue to hear his thoughts.
At times I felt like he was so vicious then I came to understand how they were responding to something that was missing. When Sanyika became enlightened I connected with him because I respected that his actions were always consistent with his beliefs. I respected his incredible internal fortitude, again whatever he believed he was determined to live by. He is a born leader.
Must Read !
For anyone thinking of READING THIS BOOK let’s just say I was in incarcerated a year ago I was locked away and this book gave me something to look forward to the next day giving me hope Dueces
Worth the read!