G. Neri, the author, said about the situation and about Yummy specifically:
When Yummy's story first broke, I was teaching in South Central Los Angeles...I remember following Yummy's story day by day. A couple of students heard about it and we argued whether he was a victim or a bully. When Yummy was found dead and all the facts came out, I wasn't sure who the bad guy was. There were no winners in this story, only losers...So, was Yummy a cold-blooded killer or a victim? The answer is not black-and-white. Yummy was both a bully and a victim--he deserves both our anger and our understanding. Other answers, however, may be clearer. Like the preacher at Yummy's funeral said: make up your mind that you will not let your life end like Yummy's.-Author's note at end of bookThough Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty is about a disturbing topic, I still recommend it if for no other reason than it calls us out of our complacency. Here is a link to a sample of a few pages of Yummy by Geri Neri which shows the wonderful graphic designs. Check it out!
(Yea for me. This is the first book from yesterday's list of Books I Resolve to Read in 2011 that I have completed...just 9 more!)