"The war on drugs is ethnic cleansing." A near-perfect of-the-moment memoir, the author opens her rich personal family scars of poverty and incarceration - heart-wrenching and balanced with her memories of constructing love and belonging in family, the ones you're born into and the ones you intentionally create - to clear analysis of the systemic ways that black lives and black family security is devalued in America especially in her LA childhood of the 80s and 90s. A solid personal companion for Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. Community self-determination is probably the clearest demand she articulates, beyond simple compassion for the humans our system actively destroys from childhood.
paperback, 288 pages
Published Jan. 14, 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin.