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In 1991 at the age of nineteen Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man He was a young drug dealer with a uick temper who had been hardened by what he experienced selling drugs on the unforgiving streets of Detroit For years as he se. Title Writing My Wrongs Life Death and Redemption in an American PrisonPublished March 8 2016Author Shaka Senghor288 PagesThe Review Writing My WrongsShaka Senghor's memoir Writing My Wrongs exemplifies an emotional exposé riddled with confessions that enlighten the audience and gives a human face to the incarcerated What I was expecting was another book of distorted and dehumanizing criminology basking in some super imposed and caustically tainted surreal world The thing is I got that and much much than I imagined I got an understandingThe book is straight forward no smoke and mirrors optical illusions or sleight of hand There is no need for advanced degrees or unabridged dictionaries Needed is an open mind and the desire to delve into the place that is misunderstood Senghor writes from the heart; from a place that he didn't know existed and because of that discovery the sincerity pours from every pageSenghor writesI STARED AT THE BATTLE SCARRED IMAGE IN FRONT OF ME AND KNEW I NEEDED TO BEGIN THE LONG TEDIOUS PROCESS OF MAKING PEACE WITH MY PAST I OPENED UP DEEP WOUNDS THAT HAD BEEN STUFFED WITH THE GAUZE OF ANGER AND SELF HATRED I FORGAVE ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAD TEASED ME IN MY CHILDHOOD MAKING FUN OF MY JACK O' LANTERN SIZED HEAD BY CALLING ME PUMPKIN I FORGAVE EVERYONE WHO HAD MADE FUN OF MY GAP TOOTHED SMILE I RAN MY HAND THROUGH MY LONG DREADLOCKS AND FORGAVE EVERYONE WHO EVER CALLED ME NAPPY HEADED MAKING ME FEEL INSECURE ABOUT THE CROWN MY CREATOR HAD BESTOWED UPON ME THE WORDS FROM MY PAST RICOCHETED AROUND IN MY MIND LIKE ERRANT BULLETS HURTING NO LESS NOW THAN THEY HAD BACK THEN Senghor's tale is a familiar one; familiar perhaps if you're a part of the PoC planet Familiar even if you have never lived on that planet It is inherent; spiritual transcending caste gender and often race We just understand it better than most His introduction reveals that there's a depth to the mentality of the convicted a depth he knew long before the was behind barsI OPENED UP DEEP WOUNDS THAT HAD BEEN STUFFED WITH THE GAUZE OF ANGER AND SELF HATREDHe was the victim since birth of suspicion profiling and humanity; viewed as sub human and uestioned so vehemently that he eventually uestioned himself The beauty is that Senghor did not sweeten the story; he told it from the guts and grime of his grim reality He gave the reader while walking them through chambers of secrets the gore and the glorified details but accepted responsibility for his actions; holding himself accountable while seeking something greater than himself And because he was so viewed he opted to fulfill the illusionShaka Senghor explains where and how his psychological odyssey began; of how his mother kicked him out of their home how he solicited money from strangers to eat and laid his head wherever his head was allowed to lay He besieged us with a profile of how desperate measures and the need to be a part of some greater ensemble leads to unimaginable outcomes The reader is made cognizant of matters that draw the path to desperation Was he always desperate I cannot say that he was nor can it be accurately surmised if the lifestyle he chose was fulfilling some greater void Perhaps the transformation from pauper to low level prince provided him a false sense of prosperity and worthiness But he eually tells of the functionality and normality of his childhood home He states that the arguments between his mother and father were perhaps no different than those in any other household until his parent decided to separateWHEN HE FINALLY EXPLAINED THAT HE WOULD BE MOVING TO A PLACE IN HIGHLAND PARK THAT COMING WEEKEND ALL KINDS OF THOUGHTS BEGAN FLOWING THROUGH MY YOUNG MIND THOUGHTS ABOUT MY FATHER AND ALL THAT HE MEANT TO OUR HOUSEHOLD I THOUGHT ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS AND HOW HE WOULD ORGANIZE US KIDS TO PUT UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE I THOUGHT ABOUT HOW HE WOULD GIVE US AN ALLOWANCE EVERY OTHER SATURDAY SO THAT WE COULD GO SKATING AT ROYAL SKATELAND I THOUGHT ABOUT THE SOUND OF HIM PULLING INTO THE DRIVEWAY EACH NIGHT AT APPROXIMATELY 1145 PM WHEN HE GOT OFF WORKI WAS SCARED IT WAS AS THOUGH EVERYTHING THAT SYMBOLIZED FAMILY AND STABILITY HAD BEEN SUCKED OUT OF THE ROOMFear was a lingering theme an irrefutable manta Senghor was afraid even when he showed no fear murder solitary confinement and parole review boards He was afraid of being a better student a better son a better father and a better man Issues that festered in his community settled in his head and left him figuratively sitting shoeless on the curb with officers standing at the ready my words He wanted what everyone else wanted yet circumstances of his own creation disallowed him the opportunityIt was the murder he committed that seemed to be his free fall spiral of change As a convicted murderer the confinement was real The long prison sentence would have only two outcomes Constructive or Destructive He initially took the common road but the practice was not worth the punishment So he changed course; he discovered books discovered words rediscovered himself and began to write Fear redirected his path strongly dictated his destiny allowed him to succeed in prison made him invisible and ultimately made him a writer Fear saved his lifeShaka Senghor made many people those who have read his book and those who have listened to his lectures realize that there exists a human being beneath the orange yellow green gray or black and white striped jumpsuits He needed to forgive and be forgiven to love and be deeply loved in return Indeed hardened men abound behind bars but emotions are often powerful than circumstance When all seemed lost he found forgiveness and a ride or die love Emotions carried him throughRead Writing the Wrongs Get entangled in its complex web and enlighten yourself with what might otherwise be dark It is a redemption song; a symphony of hope and even if it doesn't perfectly fit in your idea of good literature worth excavating for its many hidden treasures

Review Writing My Wrongs

Writing My WrongsRved out his sentence for second degree murder he blamed everybody else but himself for the decision he made to shoot on that fateful night It wasn't until Shaka started writing about the pain from his childhood and his life on. I read this book concurrently with Just Mercy and it occurred to me partway through that while I'd read books like that one that dealt with the prison industrial complex bias and wrongful convictions and I'd read books about people held captive for other reasons I hadn't that I could remember read a memoir by a person who served a prison sentence for a crime he fully admits to committing It's one thing to hear the worst case scenarios about prison life from an author trying to shock you into fomenting for change and another to hear about the day after day experience of someone who spent 19 years behind bars It was enlightening in a way no other book I'd read about prisons had beenFor one thing I was surprised at how often Senghor was transferred to a different facility — sometimes because his security level was being lowered or raised but often for no discernible reason I was also fascinated by the ingenuity of the prisoners to devise means of communication even between people in solitary confinement I couldn't believe how easy and common it was for prisoners to make weapons and attack other prisoners I got a better sense of what resources prisoners had access to and how that changed depending on their security level and their behaviorSenghor's story is not a simplistic one day I saw the light and I never misbehaved again narrative though it would likely be condensed as such if someone else was summarizing his story He did have several awakening moments — when he felt responsibility for his son when he learned to forgive himself when he discovered how writing could help him process the trauma of his childhood when he found hope that he might be released — but these were followed by setbacks as he still felt justified in attacking others at times I felt this provided a realistic picture in how hard it was to overcome the patterns that had been ingrained in him since childhoodFor most of the book it flips back and forth from his life in prison to his life on the streets up to the time of his arrest I thought this firsthand account was valuable for understanding why Senghor turned to selling drugs why he chose to carry a gun even why he panicked and shot someone He does not excuse his past behavior but he does provide a full picture that could help dismantle some people's stereotypes about prisoners drug dealers etc I did not find the back and forth to be confusing and I think it was the right choice for a engaging narrative than providing a straightforward chronological narrativeSenghor's writing is pretty good aside from his over the top use of similes which became grating after a while I am interested to read his fiction and see how it compares to his memoir writing I listened to this book on audio narrated by the author and while I got used to his fairly flat affect I would still recommend reading this in printThis gave me a lot to think about and I'm grateful to Senghor for putting together the story of his life and for Whitney for bringing this book to my attention If you've never read a firsthand account of what it's like to serve a long prison sentence this is worth a read

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Writing My Wrongs Read & download ¸ 2 ✓ In 1991 at the age of nineteen Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man He was a young drug dealer with a uick temper who had been hardened by what he experienced selling drugs on the unforgiving streets of Detroit For years as he served out his sentence for second degree murder he blamed everybody else butThe streets that he was able to get at the root of the anger that led him to prison Through the power of journaling he accepted responsibility for his violent behavior and now uses his experience to help others avoid the same pa. My students and I have been reading this really important book this semester hot off the shelf It never fails as with all of Shaka's books it is the one reading they ALL get into Afterwards they are able to put all the pieces together of the things I have had them read and watch and think about in the course A must read for sociologists criminal justice majors teachers and all parents Congratulations Shaka Senghor on this life changing work It is the blueprint on how we might read and WRITE ourselves into a new way of being humanMuch love in struggleKaren Gagne