Finding Former Prisoners—at McDonald’s

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Jeffrey Toobin interviews former inmates at a McDonald’s in Baltimore: http://nyr.kr/1eubt5k

“It’s one thing to consult books like Michelle Alexander’s ‘The New Jim Crow’ and read about the mass incarceration of African-Americans in the United States, but it’s another to see former prisoners filling the seats at a fast-food joint.”

Photograph by Stefan Ruiz.

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More important than that though, I am comfortable with how I look. I don’t hate what I see when I look in the mirror. Even if legions of others don’t agree. I have accepted the reflection that reliably bounces back at me for its perks and its flaws. I understand that there are thick, dark circles under my eyes. I have grown to appreciate them. I have noticed that my nose grows a little hookier on a near-monthly basis. That’s fine. I know there are wrinkles ready to stake their claim as full time residents on my forehead any moment now. My dad has those, too, and I find that endearing.

My eyes will never be blue, my bone structure will never allow for you to mistake me for a Scandinavian model. I am who I am and even if that infers “ugly as fuck,” I think it’s, I don’t know, beautiful.

Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
Muhammed Ali (via backshelfpoet)

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humansofnewyork:

"Basketball got me out of trouble, and in trouble.""How do you mean?""It kept me off the streets, but it also kept me from focusing on school."

humansofnewyork:

"Basketball got me out of trouble, and in trouble."
"How do you mean?"
"It kept me off the streets, but it also kept me from focusing on school."

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