criminology, John wideman's Brothers and keepers

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One child grows up to be somebody who just loves to learn. And the other child grows up to be somebody who just loves to burn An excerpt of this poem paints a picture of two brothers, John and Robert Wideman, leading different lives. Robert Wideman, embraced a path common for black men during that era; a life of crime, glamour, and drugs. Quietly sitting in jail, he reminisces deeply about his troubled past and …

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…opportunities for Robert to succeed, he would have certainly taken that chance. Unfortunately, the only opportunities present in his neighborhood were criminal opportunities. Robertís greatest failure was to perceive his fate as something that canít be changed. Only through times of isolation did Robert realize his mistake. We can change our attitudes by first looking within ourselves for that commitment. Works Cited Wideman, John E. Brothers and Keepers. New York : First Vintage Books, 1984