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What do we know about Stanley Tookie Williams' behavior and his acts? What does he...

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yelfri12 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted November 2, 2008 at 6:39 AM via web

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What do we know about Stanley Tookie Williams' behavior and his acts? What does he think or say.  

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 2, 2008 at 8:22 AM (Answer #1)

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"The story of Tookie Williams begins in the streets of Los Angeles in the early 1970s. At the age of 17 he started the Crips street gang with his friend Raymond Washington". The gang would expand across the country and even overseas. In 1979 Williams was arrested in connection with four murders. “He was convicted of shooting dead a 7-Eleven clerk named Albert Owens and of robbing and killing a Taiwanese motel owner along with his wife and daughter. He was sentenced in 1981 to four death sentences.”  In his book “Blue Rage Black Redemption He tells the reader about his life in and out of prison.  “Barring the relationship with my mother, the closest reality to family for me was the Crips. In the ultimate display of fatherhood irresponsibility I had forsaken my sons to barnstorm throughout South Central Los Angeles in the name of "Crippen." In reality I was no more than a sperm donor who took the position that once the job was done, more fathering wasn't necessary.”“Working together, we can put an end to this cycle that creates deep pain in the hearts of our mothers, our fathers, and our people, who have lost loved ones to this senseless violence.”“Education is very important say to any individual who is in a gang that if you have enough courage to get into a gang, you should have equally enough or even more to get out of it. It took me all of these years to discern that, and now I do.”

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