best american nonrequired reading 2007

“But this is not about guns. This is not a celebration of violence, nor is it a refutation of guns or violence. It is not that simple. Black boys, guns, anger. No matter the economic class of the boys, no matter the education, no matter the professional position — whether we move mops through hallways or carry briefcases through board- room doorways — we seldom lose that head-nod to another brother or that anger, caged and carried in spines, which skirts just below the skin, racing or prodding alongside blood. But this is not about anger either — at least not in the simple sense. There is no simple answer as to how a gun in my car became a primal summons.”

from “Ghost Children” by D. Winston Brown
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