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For all that preambles, this is not just a book that outlines my experiences and adventures in life, another dope-boy story, or even a lengthy prison saga. Instead, I’ve tried to make this book a learning and growing experience for anyone who might take the time to read it.
“IT IS WHAT IT IS: SYSTEMATIC INCARCERATION / DISGUISED RACISM” is a movement for others to learn from the bad decisions I’ve made throughout my lifetime and specifically a wake-up call for all African-America youth. It’s time for us to wake up and see what is happening to our beautiful race of people. If at the end of the day this book helps one person, (African-American or otherwise) become a better person, and contribute to the solution, and not to the problem, then my mission for writing was accomplished. Thank you again for all who took the time to read this book, and as the old saying goes, “IT IS WHAT IT IS.”
In closing, I would like to leave the reader with these few thoughts:
My mother taught me how to love and keep positive plans; Universities and colleges taught my mind to expand; The streets taught me how to survive and live off the land; However, Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary changed me from a boy to a man.
Gerald Hawthorne Duffy, Jr.