This kid has had to endure his father's being arrested, convicted, losing his profession and practice and the very public shaming that came with the news coverage, national and regional, of his father's disgrace. He may not exactly understand it, but he has experienced it. So Jack comes home from second grade and tells me he is writing a book. The name of the book is To the Streets...
To the Streets is the story of a 19 year old young man with a two year old son who has to live with his mother and is forced into a life of crime and violence in order to provide for his son, Jayvon. The Characters are Straight Outta Compton (Sorry N.W.A. but I believe my son has ripped you off) and are all black. Jack was advised prudently to write what he knows...perhaps, this is what Jack knows or, feels he knows.
Jack knows how it feels to hear sirens and wonder if they are coming for Daddy. Jack has walked into businesses and school and felt the disapproving glances from people who regard him as that criminal's son, or reproachfully regards his father as that criminal. Jack understands a view of the Police as being something other than an entity here to protect and serve. Maybe Jack is writing what he knows...and maybe Jack knows too much.
Take it for what it is worth...but THAT'S THE LONG VERSION!