in my life,” he says.
The harder work, he says, is finding out how to make Jackson a place where boys become men, where inner-city schools feed colleges instead of prisons, where kids like him don’t have to abandon their hometown in order to survive. Being troubled by this has plunged him to the depths of reflection typically frequented by poets and philosophers. Considering his own boyhood, the things he saw on his streets, and the kind of father he would like to be, he says, “At some point boys lose that sense of imagination. How do you go from that to 10 years later feeling like you don’t have a chance in the world? Where do we lose our childhood? Where do you lose your innocence?”