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LIFE OF A GANG BANGER...ULTIMATELY A STORY OF REDEMPTION...
When Le'Taxione™, at age ten, picked up a .22 revolver that had been dropped during a drug-related shooting, he longed to use the pistol. Finally, in a "dimly lit parking lot" he found his opportunity and shot a man. Instead of sympathy or remorse he experienced a sense of liberation and thus began an addiction to violence that stayed with him throughout the rest of his childhood and much of his adult life.
A narrative of violent and brutal gang life in both the streets and prison, Original Diamond Boy is, paradoxically, also a story of healing. Human connections - relationships - are essential for recovery from the trauma caused by violence in the home, on the streets, or resulting from racism and oppression. Le"Taxione™ was nurtured by the relationships forged with other members of the Diamond Boys, and those relationships made possible his journey toward wholeness.
This amazing, unforgettable book illuminates a path toward healing for our children: work to eradicate the violence of gang life, of racism and oppression, but treasure the gang and the relationships between its members
- Barbara Bennett, Ph.D.