Part one of three-part column Bullets in search of flesh and bone burst forth from a semi-automatic pistol, cracking the silence of the night air. Zipping to their tragic destination, the bullets leave in their wake piercing screams and chaos and a lingering whisper: money, power, respect. Much of the violence in the community stems from young men’s desire for … [Read more...]
Reaching Out From Within:
In October 2011, Jeffrey Young submitted his first commentary to the MSR. His following commentaries became “Reaching Out From Within,” a column in which he wrote about issues surrounding his incarceration. “Reaching Out” was regularly published in the MSR through April of 2014.
We welcome Jeffrey Young back with the commentary below, giving readers a vivid glimpse through his eyes as he reaches out from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Rush City.
Over the past few months, my columns have mostly been directed toward the MSR’s adult readers. After a few readers’ responses that I’ve received, I see I have caught the attention of a few eyes. With that accomplished, consider this month’s column a transition into future columns that will more directly address the young men in the streets. We all know these young men are … [Read more...]
It was an August afternoon and the sun was blazing. I was a penniless seven-year-old, and I decided I was going to have an ice cream by any means necessary. I strolled down to the corner store on Broadway and Fremont. In that time it was the “76” gas station. As I walked down the store’s narrow aisle, I kept an eye on the checkout counter, waiting for my opportunity. Within … [Read more...]
Last month I wrote about purpose and stated that unresolved pain from the past had blurred my vision of my purpose. That pain developed from witnessing domestic violence as a child and being too small to protect anyone. Rather than grow up to become an abuser myself, as often occurs, I became an ardent defender of women. At the age of 25, I was convicted of killing my … [Read more...]
By Jeffery Young Guest Commentator While sitting in my prison cell reading the September 8 issue of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, I came across something that revitalized a call of action in me. In the article “Mpls streets a battleground for city’s soul” [Sept. 8], Mr. Ron Edwards scathingly denounced Minneapolis leaders for their silence and inaction, writing, “Despite … [Read more...]