The 16th Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472

The 16th Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472 Hurricane is the professional name that I acquired later on in life It provides an accurate description of the destructive forces that rage within my soul THE HURRICANE IN POPULAR MEDIA Denzel Washington move, The Hurricane 1999 Bob Dylan song, Hurricane 1975 TOUGH CHILDHOOD The kindest thing that I can say about my childhood is that I survived itFIRST FIGHT When I reached the cellar, I vaguely made out the outline of B Hurricane is the professional name that I acquired later on in life It provides an accurate description of the destructive forces that rage within my soul THE HURRICANE IN POPULAR MEDIA Denzel Washington move, The Hurricane 1999 Bob Dylan song, Hurricane 1975 TOUGH CHILDHOOD The kindest thing that I can say about my childhood is that I survived itFIRST FIGHT When I reached the cellar, I vaguely made out the outline of Bully s body in the obscurity of the coal bin His features blended almost perfectly into the blueness of the coal he was stealing The fighting became easier then, and I found I liked it Thewe fought, the better I seemed to get This was my first experience in fist fighting, and the fruits of my victory were sweet indeed But when I entered the kitchen, my father yoked me with an unfamiliar roughness He locked my head between his knees, pulled my pajama bottoms off, and whaled on my ass with the cord from the iron But what hurtthan anything else was that my father didn t even try to find out of his little son had been justified in his actions or not he readily accepted someone else s version because it had come from an adult, and not because it was the truth I couldn t understand it, and I was hurt Hurt as only a small boy could be when his dad, his idol, has rejected the one contribution he feels he had made to the family saving their coal.FIGHTING WAS A NEW POWER This feeling reactivated my newly discovered fighting abilities, and as they struggled to pick Jimmy up, I tore into them for all I was worth, punching, kicking, and biting anything that got in my way.MORE AND MORE TROUBLE The object of each Apache was to run past the display, grab as much of the merchandise as he could handle, and then escape without getting caught The following day I was placed on two years probation for petty larceny my comeuppance in southern New Jersey to the Jamesburg State Home for Boysa diabolical place of horror that I would be forever sorry to have known existed.LOSS OF HUMANITY I lay there on the cold floor and gasped for breath The concrete slowly cooled the heat of combat that raged within me, but as it subsided, something else died, too I mean, some feeling, some sort of sensibility call it benevolence for my fellowman was gone now Wiped out in the face of this persistent violence, hatred and fear, it was replaced by a seething distrust of everything and everybody, except Rubin Carter they were all mentally abused products of a morally abusing environment, shamelessly vicious, corrupt, and depraved To make matters worse, these were contagious qualities In order to insure my feeble existence in this chamber of horror, I would have to forget about ethics and morality, etiquette and formality it became an awareness, a reality It was a phenomenon that would haunt me for the rest of my life People were actually afraid of me even my own, family, even Lillian.LONELINESS Somewhere, someplace, I had once read that loneliness at times is as important as a lover and that a true individualist has got to be lonely.DETERMINATION As I grew older, andandembittered with life, I becameandcommitted to a philosophy of hardcore determinism I began to believe that every human being born on this earth, and every atom residing within the universe, had to follow its destiny, and only survived to minister to its purpose that a greater ruling power, call it what you will, shaped and formed all of life My next four jumps went much the same way, and when I finally graduated and received my wings, it was a great day of reckoning in my life It was a day in which I proved to myself that I could do anything I desired to do, just as long as I had the will and determination to keep on pushing on.SELF MASTERY I found that I could control some of the involuntary responses of my body If I didn t want to get tired even when everybody else around me was falling out from sheer exhaustion I wouldn t He had a stamina of the soul that outweighed any of my physical attributes.FOCUS But inside me I felt a need to get something better for myself than this continual violence I knew I would never leave this place of tortured souls alive unless I could change my attitude, reorder my priorities, and rechannel all aimlessly spent energy So I decided to give up all of the worthless luxuries that most of the inmates craved My training program began at four o clock every morning when the church bells across the street would chime Once back from the mess hall I would sit down at my desk and read Sigmund Freud, C G Jung, and Machiavelli Then I would put my books away and furiously shadowbox for a solid hour At the end of the long hard day, when everything had quieted down and cooled off after chow, I would climb right back into my books Studying long and hard, I learned new things about myself, and about, other people I was determined to grow rather than become stagnated and conform to the degraded ways that were this penitentiary s wont Packing up my books, I would then get into the remaining exercises of my daypush ups, sit ups, andshadowboxing.DEPENDENCY Too much dependency in jail subdued a man s ambition and forced him to become a slave to his desires friends, food, excessive drink, and women these were things I would have to stay away from.KNOWLEDGE Knowledge, he said, and especially of one s self, has in it the potential power to overcome all barriers Wisdom is the godfather of it all FREEDOM Although a man s behavior, as well as his emotions, can be controlled to a certain degree, his mind once it has known freedom can never again be completely controlled.PRIDE, DIGNITY Stronger than dirt, mightier than the sword,satisfying than sex, than life, is pride men without dignity are like clowns without an audience, pathetic and lost That meant I had to find some way to make him stand still and fight, instead of getting up on his bicycle and backpedaling all night long And I had just the thing to do it with, too his pride Because Emile Griffith was notoriously proud.HUMILITY But a long time before, I had decided that no matter how high I flew in my career, or to what heights I scaled, I would never get too big to remember my people or forget that I was still one of them.RAGE Quiet rage became my constant companion It formed, crystal like, against a solid backdrop of persistent helplessness, terror, and humiliation.STANDING FOR SOMETHING Once a man starts backing away from what he believes is right, he won t easily find a way to go forward again.EMPOWERMENT THROUGH RELIGION But since embracing Islam, I tried to look at the practical side of every situation, sorting out the probabilities, cataloging the possibilities, and then mapping out a proper plan to meet the action.RACIAL INJUSTICES The white soldiers were allowed to go into the chophouses while the rest of us were forced to remain where we were, eating cold bologna sandwiches.BOXING FOR THE US ARMY Nelson Glenn had been the All Army Heavyweight Champ for the past two years, and was well on his way to repeating that feat again this season And here I was getting ready to box him me I bobbed out, feinted, then darted back in again, and lashed out with my first punch of the fight a blurring left hook that caught the heavyweight flush on the point of his chin And down he spilled on the canvas It probably startled methan it did him It was at that moment in my life, after having searched in strife for so many years, that I finally knew exactly what I had been created for fighting Two good years, during which I twice racked up the European Light Welterweight Championship by winning fifty one bouts thirty five by knockouts and sustained only five losses.SPEECH IMPEDIMENT I had an acute speech impediment at that time and could never say three clear words that made any sense to anyone but me Any effort I made to talk made my speech worse, and therefore my habit was to speak as little as possible I trusted no one, nor any material thing I never could talk, and when incarcerated at Jamesburg, I had stopped trying As I began learning how to talk with some clarity, all the knowledge that I had picked up in the course of my life simply by remaining quiet and listening, began to pour from my mouth like the unbridled NiagaraOTHER LIFE LESSONS But I found out that, violent and destructive as the neighborhood was, there was one good principle to be learned by all, and it has remained with me throughout my life This was the acceptance of people, regardless of race, creed, or color It s not what a man says that makes him what he is, it s what he does,ACCUSED OF A TRIPLE HOMICIDE On October 14, 1966, four months after the crime had been committed, John Artis and I were arrested and charged with triple murder Well, I will tell you, in his voice, it was there, and everything around this case revolves around that simple fact They were Negro At about noon, the jury went out to begin its deliberations They had an hour off for lunch, another hour to smoke and get comfortable in the jury room It took them about an hour and a halfto reach a verdict Their verdict was guilty as charged on all three counts, but with a recommendation of mercy, or life imprisonment.WORKING TO LEAVE PRISON So it was a white man again and a cop at that who came to my rescue He was Frederick W Hogan, the same police officer who had stayed with me up in my training camp He had been overseas while I was on trial for my life When he came back home, he quit the police force and joined the Public Defender s Office as an investigator Carter ultimately spent 19 years in prison and was released, exonerated He moved to Canada and died in 2014 I had a new sister, named Rosalie Now that puzzled the hell out of me I mean, I had always been under the impression that babies were found under cabbage leaves, and this new development seemed mighty strange to me Here I was with a brand new baby sister, and, as I knew doggone well, my father didn t have a vegetable garden Sympathy I exploded I don t want your goddamn sympathy That s only a word between shit and syphilis in the dictionary, and I ain t got any use for either one of them, I said.FACTOIDS it was a steel enforced, four walled enclosure that measured an even furlong A furlong is a measure of distance in imperial units and U.S customary units equal to one eighth of a mile or 220 yards On May the spiraling career of Rubin Hurricane Carter, then the top contender for the world middleweight boxing crown, came to a shuddering and tragic halt he and a young fan were found guilty of murder of three white people in a New Jersey bar The nightmare knew no bounds as Carter traded his superstar status for a prison number and the concrete walls of some of America s most horrific institutions Originally published as an attempt by Carter to set the record straight and force a new trial, The Sixteenth Round is timeless It is an eye opening portrait of growing up black in America, a scathing indictment of the prison system Carter grew up in and out of, and a mesmerizing re creation of his furious battles in the ring and in the courtroom set against the backdrop of the turbulent sixties The liveliness of Carter s street language, its power and ironic humor, makes this an eloquent, soul stirring account of a remarkable life not soon to be forgotten ➱ [Read] ➬ Poltergeist (Greywalker, By Kat Richardson ➼ – Lavons.co.uk then the top contender for the world middleweight boxing crown [Read] ➵ OBaby ➲ Geoffrey Johnson – Lavons.co.uk came to a shuddering and tragic halt he and a young fan were found guilty of murder of three white people in a New Jersey bar The nightmare knew no bounds as Carter traded his superstar status for a prison number and the concrete walls of some of America s most horrific institutions Originally published as an attempt by Carter to set the record straight and force a new trial [EPUB] ✰ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Author Pamela Clare – Lavons.co.uk The Sixteenth Round is timeless It is an eye opening portrait of growing up black in America [Reading] ➷ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada – Lavons.co.uk a scathing indictment of the prison system Carter grew up in and out of [Reading] ➶ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Lavons.co.uk and a mesmerizing re creation of his furious battles in the ring and in the courtroom set against the backdrop of the turbulent sixties The liveliness of Carter s street language [Ebook] ➧ The Good Daughter By Karin Slaughter – Lavons.co.uk its power and ironic humor ➹ [Read] ➵ Crysis By Peter Watts ➼ – Lavons.co.uk makes this an eloquent ➶ Fractured (Will Trent, Free ➬ Author Karin Slaughter – Lavons.co.uk soul stirring account of a remarkable life not soon to be forgotten What does it take to make someone a great fighter like Rubin Hurricane Carter This book might tell you what it takes and then a whole lotTHe book will definitely tel you what it is like to ba an African American growing up in racist New Jersey You see it was this hard life pelted with racism that made the Hurricane who he was Born a fighter coming out of the womb, he was the son to a Lutheran preacher who was rather strict around the house Hurricane one time saw someone stealing his What does it take to make someone a great fighter like Rubin Hurricane Carter This book might tell you what it takes and then a whole lotTHe book will definitely tel you what it is like to ba an African American growing up in racist New Jersey You see it was this hard life pelted with racism that made the Hurricane who he was Born a fighter coming out of the womb, he was the son to a Lutheran preacher who was rather strict around the house Hurricane one time saw someone stealing his families coal, and beating up one of his brothers, so Hurricane beat him up Instead of being praised for defending the coal his father punished Hurricane without even hearing his side of the story.Hurricane s father would later move to a nicer house in a crappier neighborhood It was here that Hurricane would get introduced to the Apaches THe local neighborhood gang which would organize fights with rival gangs and steal clothes It was on one of these occasions where Hurricane had stolen a bunch of clothes that his father turned him in to the cops This got his feet wet in the juvenile system and exp osed him t the racism inherent in our nation s legal system Later in his young life Huirricane and his friends would be hanging around a local river when a local pervert tried to molest Hurricane and a few friends It turned out that Hurricane ends up stabbing the pervert which results in him getting incarcerated till he was 21 In the system Hurricane details and explains how racist the system is with prison guards and cops constants i9nsulting African AMericans, using racial epithets , and down right cruel physical abuse The guards are sadistic and they are extra mean to African AMericans White prisoners were not subjected to such treatment, in fact it is the cops who get off and making African AMerican lives difficult and would not lose sleep if they killed one.Hurricane would later join the military after escaping the facility He became a paratreooper and discovered the Muslim faith It was in the military that he discovered his love for boxing and what he was meant to do Upon returning to the states he would get incarcerated again for the crime of doing nothing Later in his frustration he would pick pocket someone s purse and get locked up for a nether three years It was here that he honed his desire to become a prize fighter.THE world of prize fighting is not as pretty as ne might think Promoters make the money while the fighter gets cheated and ripped off A promoter will use a fighter until they are no good and then throw them to the proverbial scrap yard when they can fight no longer Things are even worse if you are African AMerican.Things culminate for Hurricane when he is accused of a triple murder he did not commit Reading his account of what happened will give you insight into how cruel our system was and perhaps still is to African AMericans The clear intent of the state was to lock up and possibly kill Rubin Carter He was outspoken in telling his people to defend themselves against white cop oppression The trial was a pic circus and a joke with so many mistakes from law enforcement it was sad Great autobiography and after reading this you will feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game lonliness at times is as important as a lover.david and i stuttered and sputtered so much that we must have sounded like 2 angry machine guns firing across the room at each other, but i never felt so relaxed.it was the screaming silence, the terrifying hush that pushed against my eardrums till the soundlessness had beaten them into useless pulp.black man kills a white man, if he isn t killed on the spot hes charged with 1st degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment or death meanwhile the lonliness at times is as important as a lover.david and i stuttered and sputtered so much that we must have sounded like 2 angry machine guns firing across the room at each other, but i never felt so relaxed.it was the screaming silence, the terrifying hush that pushed against my eardrums till the soundlessness had beaten them into useless pulp.black man kills a white man, if he isn t killed on the spot hes charged with 1st degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment or death meanwhile the same white man could massacre ten black men, five women, and three little children, but he would only be charged with violating the dead niggers civil rights, a penalty which would only net him 3 years in prson, if anything wheres the equality in that the white house jury black woman dismissed bc education 6th grade white man empanelled who had been mugged by black man and 5th education 14 jurors 4 w woman, 9 w men, 1 black man west indian.6 week trial, 2 hour verdict guilty but with mercy life in prison so no death penalty so they still had doubts if no doubt death mercy my black ass life in prison what life wife fell out of courtroom when verdict was read that hurt killed me right then Rubin Carter s book is the heartbreaking true story about much of his life being spent in various jails for minor offenses and finally a racially motivated frame up for murders he did not commit The horrors of the in justice system and prejudice affecting this man s life are something that everyone should be aware of, especially Americans.The movie tells the also true story of the young man who eventually overturned Carter s case and freed the man, all beginning with picking up this book from Rubin Carter s book is the heartbreaking true story about much of his life being spent in various jails for minor offenses and finally a racially motivated frame up for murders he did not commit The horrors of the in justice system and prejudice affecting this man s life are something that everyone should be aware of, especially Americans.The movie tells the also true story of the young man who eventually overturned Carter s case and freed the man, all beginning with picking up this book from a clearance bin at a book store, proving the immense power that books can have over a person, their life, and the world A powerfully written and empassioned book by Rubin Carter, a former contender for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship who was wrongfully accused for murder Heartbreaking, but great book. This book will forever stay on my shelf, forever cherished. The best autobiography I have read Ever. Imagine being incarcerated for 20 some odd years for a crime you know, the police department knows, and the department of corrections knows you did not commit We re not talking about public opinion, but certifiable facts that will prove your innocence The Patterson PD has a bone to pick with you, and they are going to stick it to you in a very big way Imagine yourself being Rubin Hurricane Carter, who went from a welter weight champion to a cause celibre of everything that is wrong in the A Imagine being incarcerated for 20 some odd years for a crime you know, the police department knows, and the department of corrections knows you did not commit We re not talking about public opinion, but certifiable facts that will prove your innocence The Patterson PD has a bone to pick with you, and they are going to stick it to you in a very big way Imagine yourself being Rubin Hurricane Carter, who went from a welter weight champion to a cause celibre of everything that is wrong in the American justice system He lays out his criminal past which began as a juvenile, and how reform schools did nothingthan make him a better criminal Around the same time he takes up boxing, and makes a name for himself he took a tour of South Africa with the late Steven Biko, who warned him if he wanted to live he better stop catcalling a white woman Right as the cusp of success, there is a Barroom shooting, and the rest as they say is..history The Sixteenth Round reads like a story of a man going to the electric chair, who is screaming for someone, anyone to help him This was literally the biggest fight of his life He s angry, he s pleading, and he s desperate With a book so passionate and heartbreaking, it makes for a great read Although Rubin Carter wasn t an angel, but his story illustrates how easy it is to be on the wrong side of the law through no fault of your own I didn t know who Rubin Hurricane Carter was before I started this book but we got pretty intimate over the last few weeks.His story is amazing but also, sadly, not unusual I believe someone in the Kalief Browder doc said that innocent people get the worst treatment in jail prison because they know they do not deserve the treatment and they arelikely to speak out against it.It s a snapshot of New Jersey penitentiaries in the 1960s 1970s and again, sadly, not too much has changed.Carter I didn t know who Rubin Hurricane Carter was before I started this book but we got pretty intimate over the last few weeks.His story is amazing but also, sadly, not unusual I believe someone in the Kalief Browder doc said that innocent people get the worst treatment in jail prison because they know they do not deserve the treatment and they arelikely to speak out against it.It s a snapshot of New Jersey penitentiaries in the 1960s 1970s and again, sadly, not too much has changed.Carter writes wonderfully, often with interesting metaphors His speaking voice also interjects his prose and makes it that muchintimate.Read this alongside watching the Browder doc on Netflix and then check out the new book The Sun Does Shine a man s memoir about being innocent yet on death row


About the Author: Rubin Carter

Rubin Hurricane Carter was an American middleweight boxer best known for having been wrongfully convicted for murder and later exonerated after spending 20 years in prison.


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