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For many young black men in America, systemic bias and racism make the simplicity of childhood unjustly complicated. In a letter to the son he may someday have, poet Clint Smith reflects on the lessons he learned as a child and shares his hopes for his future son.

The cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have rocked the world with questions of systemic racism and injustice. But beyond policy reform, what can ordinary people do to combat racism?

HOW AMERICA’S JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILED OUR CHILDREN by Bryan Stevenson

Read an excerpt from Bryan Stevenson’s powerful new book, ‘Just Mercy.’