5 Sentences from Laymon’s essays

  1. I’m 17, five years younger than Rekia Boyd will be when she is shot in the head by an off duty police officer in Chicago.
  2. 16 months later, I’m 18, three years older than Edward Evans will be when he is shot in the head behind an abandoned home in Jackson.
  3. If he shoots me, well, I guess bullets enter and hopefully exit my chest, but if the young Nigga thinks I’m getting pistol whupped in front of a cemetery and my girlfriend off of State Street, I’m convinced I’m going to take the gun and beat him into a burnt cinnamon roll.
  4. If there was racially insensitive language Shonda and I could have used to make those boys feel like we felt, we would have never stepped to them in the first place.
  5. I know that by the time I left Mississippi, I was 20 years old, three years older than Trayvon Martin will be when he is murdered for wearing a hoodie and swinging back in the wrong American neighborhood.

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I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico in a small town called Caracheo. I moved to the Immokalee, Florida back in 2003. I am an inspiring film producer. I want to create films that mean something to those who watch them.

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