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Black men, 
man the fuck up. stop killing each other, stop selling drugs to people, stop singing about killing people and selling drugs and gang banging and all that bullshit. stop buying frivolous ass expensive ass expensive clothes and stupid ass rims, basically shit that depreciate in value after you purchase it. just quit with the shenanigans. please. stop acting like reptiles and killing killing killing each other. stop walking around playing grab ass … stop calling each other nigga. maybe, just maybe other people will respect you if you respect your damn selves. you want respect from others yet you don’t respect yourselves nor do you respect the people who endured getting lynched and beaten while being called nigger. what type of people have we become? muthafuckas don’t even know your history yet you claim to have a future? we’re sitting here in prison playing — literally playing and acting stupid while our mothers, aunts, sisters, women cousins, wives, girlfriends all of our women who actually give a damn about us are struggling and suffering. we’ve become just like the fathers we resented who was never around ultimately continuing a cycle. we all ought to be ashamed of ourselves. don’t complain about how “bad” you have it or how we live below a poverty line. bullshit. $250 Air Jordans. seriously? $2,000 Cartier designer glasses … are you fucking serious. Oh yeah, $1,500 belts and shit. “ridiculous” as former president Obama would say. I’m just keeping it real. keeping it one hunit ya feel me bruh. let’s get shot together — you too Slim Shadys and Chanel West Coasts. 

With care and concern,
Christopher Roberts Reece

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Christopher Reece, also known as Bobo Amin, is a writer incarcerated in Michigan. He has been in prison since 2006.