Today's Native Sons

Inner-city black males are America's newest lost generation

"The only thing I did in school every day was fight and shoot," says 27- year-old Booker Cole, with an air of bravado. "There was a time when people wouldn't even talk to me because I would either beat them up or 'smoke' them if I didn't like what they said." A member of one of Los Angeles' biggest black street-gang networks since he was ten, Cole has served time for robbery and cocaine dealing. Now he is back in jail after being sentenced last May to serve six years for assault with a deadly weapon. "Death is a part of...

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