From Convos with Cosmo
, the website
of Baton Rouge cop-killer Gavin Long:
MAN-datory Reading ListJune 27, 2016 By Cosmo Leave a Comment [Archive link]In 2015 I read 135 books. In 2014 78 books. Successful people consume alot of relevevant-beneficial information. These are the Books that prepare you for the top, but also shine light on the common pitfalls on your way to getting there. Some are historical. Some are new. Some are classics. Some are fiction. But all are enlightening, inspirational, and empowering.These are the books that every man must have in his library of information. This list will be updated regularly so check back on a regular basis.1. The Slight Edge by Jeff OlsenThis is truly a book I would recommend to anyone…and the only reason I would recommend a book is if it’s had a significant impact on my life in practical ways…and this book has done just that. This was one of the very first self-help books that I read. I read it at the age of 16 and it resulted in me losing 80lbs! It instantly made me more consciously aware of my decisions and how the seemingly insignificant choices we make can alter our life dramatically. This book jump-started my personal transformation. The principles in this book made me hundreds of thousands of dollars. 2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesA current bestseller, you’ve probably seen Coates’ interview on “The Daily Show” (amazing). An absolutely necessary book about what it’s like to be black in America. Coates was inspired in part by the tragic death of one of his close friends at the hands of the police. When Toni Morrison says something is “required reading,” you don’t question it. Read it!3. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John D. Mann …4. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander This is the title I immediately and robotically recite anytime someone is looking for a book recommendation. By far the most infuriating book I’ve read, but vital for anyone that’s looking to understand why the #BlackLivesMatter movement exists. Why Black people are angry. And why the black father is absent in most Black homes (done so intentionally via the system of White Supremacy). It’s an unrelenting and exhaustively researched book into our system of mass incarceration, which Alexander compares to the Jim Crow laws that justified and enforced segregation in the first half of the twentieth century. If after reading this book you’re still unconvinced that there is systemic abuse and oppression toward Black people, I suggest you check yourself into the mental ward. …
Genius T. Coates
isn’t used to finishing second in literary contests, but he’ll just have to learn to live with the fact that it’s too late to convince Gavin Long that everybody else was right in saying Between the World and Me
was the #1 book. That’s one award Coates will just have to do without.
From the New York Times:
Baton Rouge Shooting Jolts a Nation on Edge
By JULIE BLOOM, RICHARD FAUSSET and MIKE McPHATE JULY 17, 2016BATON ROUGE, La. — A gunman fatally shot three law enforcement officers and wounded three others here on Sunday before being killed in a shootout with the police. The attack’s motive was unclear as of Sunday evening, leaving an anxious nation to wonder whether the anger over recent police shootings had prompted another act of retaliation against officers.
I dunno but I could probably take a wild guess …
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