In preparation for the 2016 State of Young Black New York conference on March 12, our Civics and Economics co-chair Jared Clemons is sharing the woke-est reading from some of our panelists:
By Jill Leovy
For a scintillating narrative about America’s criminal justice system that’s anything but just, look no further. Leovy’s in depth account of the homicide of a policeman’s son offers readers a close look into violent crime and how our criminal justice system is failing our communities—namely communities of color—and engendering violence in our neighborhoods. We know that Black lives matter, but for many people, that statement is nothing more than a hashtag. “Ghettoside” argues that in certain parts of the country—particularly in urban areas—we need to practice what we preach.
Jared is a twenty-something New Yorker by way of Southern Louisiana. He spent four years studying political science at Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!), two years studying Elections & Campaign Management at Fordham University (Go Rams!) and, in his spare time, obsesses over all things politics. Jared is on Twitter (@jayctigerfan) and is ready talk elections, football, and being a Southern transplant to NYC in his mentions or “the DM”.