The Beast Side

The Beast Side

Living and Dying While Black in America

Book - 2015
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Salon columnist D. Watkins explores the economic, political, and social realities of being black in the United States.
"The country's urban war zone is brought powerfully to life by a rising young literary talent, D. Watkins. The author fought his way up on the east side (the "beast side") of Baltimore, Maryland - or "Bodymore, Murderland," as his friends call it - surviving murderous business rivals in the drug trade and equally predatory lawmen. Throughout it all, he pursued his education, earning a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University, while staying rooted in his community. When black residents of Baltimore finally decided they had had enough - after the brutal killing of twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody - Watkins was on the streets when the city erupted. He writes about his bleeding hometown with the razor-sharp insights of someone who bleeds along with it. Here are true dispatches from the other side of America"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hot Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781510703353
Branch Call Number: 305.89607/WATKINS
Characteristics: xxii, 153 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Talbot, David 1951-


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