02 August 2012

Good Writing: Growing up Black in Mississippi

Kiese Laymon's essay, "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance," is a compelling, heartbreaking slice of life about growing up as a black male in Mississippi. The essay is not about gun control, but instead lays out deliberately and infuriatingly through autobiography how racism, violence, and guns mingle in the Southern American / African-American psyche to create a culture in which violent death is too common.

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