He grew up in a community that experienced redlining, but this book gave him the toolkit to name & analyze it.
Black kids are told over & over again tht they simply need to work harder, but few ppl tell them the history that's been working hard against them for a long time.
But our prisons are filled w/poor, black, & brown ppl which we know is impossible to disentangle from that history.
The data on what happens to redlined communities is clear, but rarely considered when ppl get involved in the justice system.
This is why access to books for ppl in prison is essential. It can transform how they see the world & their place within it.