Then and Now

Posted: July 17, 2013 in Allen Alexander

Dear Allan at 15 years old,

I want to encourage you not to become despair despite, the negative effects that the justice system can have on you as an African American man in America. For example, a young man by the name of Trayvon Benjamin Martin who was unarmed was shot and killed by a Hispanic man who the justice system let free. I would also encourage you to stay away from drugs and guns as best as you can.

Had I known then what I know now, in regards to life it would have been much easier for me since I would have planned my life in a more meaningful and positive way. For instance, I would have spent productive time achieving a sound education in becoming a criminal defense lawyer or a radio personality. I would have situated myself whereby, I could have helped to amend some of the laws that have such negative impact on us, as African Americans.

  1. Liam says:

    Thank you for your contribution, Allen. It is a sad reflection of our age (and the history which led us here) that it is still absolutely necessary for African Americans to pass the message on (regarding the “justice” system) to the youth. But it is an important message, and I hope that in acknowledging it is what you’d tell your young self in this assignment it is therefore also something you would pass on to younger brothers and sisters in real life.

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