"The narrative so far is familiar. A kid from a troubled home, trapped in poverty, without a stable world of adults coördinating care for him, starts pilfering, mostly out of an impatience to have things. In Michael’s first fourteen years, his story includes not a single incidence of violence, aside from the usual wrestling matches with siblings. It could have had any number of possible endings. But events unfold along a single track. As we make decisions, and decisions are made for us, we shed the lives that might have been."
The author tells the devastating story of her cousin, who struggled to find his way living in South Central Los Angeles, and discovers how much she didn't know about his life and who he was.
Read: The Life of a South Central Statistic by Danielle Allen