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It Is What It Is: Systematic Incarceration / Disguised Racism - The Autobiography of Gerald H. Duffy, Jr.

Length: 381 pages6 hours


The most explosive, dynamic, and compelling autobiography ever written from behind the walls of the United States Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Now, after continuously serving more than 20 years inside some of the most violent, dangerous, and drug infested Federal penitentiaries throughout this nation, Gerald Hawthorne Duffy, Jr. finally tells his story. As an African-American, Duffy was raised in Southern Mississippi (by far one of the most racist and poverty stricken regions in this nation); reared in private Catholic institutions; ran away from home at the age of 15 after experiencing child abuse and domestic violence; was an elite high school football and track athlete; went on to attend college and was awarded one of the highest academic honors as a freshman; yet became a central figure in the largest and most profitable Federal cocaine conspiracies to originate from Southern Mississippi in the late 80s through the early 90s whose networking centers extended as far as Miami, New York, and Houston. This story depicts Duffy’s childhood years, takes a glimpse into the struggles of college life, and a look into the vicious “underworlds” of America. It is intertwined with statistical facts and professional analysis concerning African Americans financial, social, educational, and political conditions in the United States. Duffy exposes the so-called “War on Drugs,” unveils who that war is actually being waged against, and reveals the true hidden agenda behind the White Power Structure in America. The book explains that by targeting black men through the War on Drugs, and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. He exposes this new racial caste system, and suggests the solution for which it is to be dismantled. The book finally shows that with knowledge of self, along with a sound education, we can all change and become productive leaders and pillars of our communities. Very inspirational, educational, and a must read for anyone seeking change.

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