Academic journal article et Cetera

Books -- Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur

Academic journal article et Cetera

Books -- Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur

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This remarkable autobiography takes the reader into the violent streets of Los Angeles and into the life and thought processes of a gang member, Sanyika Shakur, who says,

I have lived in South Central Los Angeles all my life. I grew up on Florence and Normandie. That is part of my territory. I was recruited by the Crips at the ripe age of eleven. Today I am twenty-nine years old. I am a gang expert--period....Our lives, mores, customs, and philosophies remain as mysterious and untouched as those of an 'uncivilized' tribe in Afrika.... I have pushed people violently out of this existence....I have felt completely free and have sat in total solitary confinement in San Quentin state prison. I have shot numerous people and have been shot seven times myself. I have been in gunfights in South Central and a knife fight in Folsom state prison. Today, I languish at the bottom of one of the strictest maximum-security state prisons in this country. …

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