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No Room for the Black Man in Prison

There’s no room for black men in prison and it starts with me, I am the defiance of what stereotypes label me. I’ll graduate, have a good career making honest money, and I’ll be the father of my family and the community. I realized as a leader you reap what you sow, then I’ll plant seeds of knowledge in all around me. Though your sticks and stones may break my bones and words may stick like leaches, you’ll never suck the life out of me dry, I’ll live through what I teach. The offspring will never face bleak breeding consciences. My pride is strong and sheek. Forget lifes crutches I’ll be there for you to lean on. A student and dean of my life’s lessons for my son to see every win is a bar limit and in every loss is wisdom. W. E. B. Dubois mentioned a talented tenth, I be the one to double up in strength the length of twenty to infinite… educated black men!- Jaleel Pegues

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  1. In my opinion I think there is no room for the black man in prison because the government already overflows the prisons with us and set us up to fail in the first place. Before we reach 4th grade, they can tell whether or not we will succeed in life or whether we will end up in the jails that they built for us. It is a proven fact that 1 in 3 black men are in jail as we speak. The cycle continues as boys grow up with fathers that are in jail or who have simply left their family. Mostly though, they end up in jail which is a sad thing we shouldn’t be able to say. Most people doubt the black man and his capability to be successful in the world we live in -Dalen Solomon

  2. No more room for the black man in prison is absolutely true. No more room for me and especially for none for you. People may try to decide for you. In that place called prison, the sky is less blue. You have to ask for basic civil rights, and you get told when to cut off the lights. Nothing comes easy in that place they call prison. When you’re in there, you have no vision. -Anonymous

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