My Brother's Keeper
From a young age I knew being an African American male from Flatbush, in “the hood” wasn’t a good thing. I grew up in an environment where It’s set up for you to fail and fall inline with the norms of the community, ie. drugs (using or selling) or gun violence.
All of this, to achieve the dream of making enough money to one day “get out” the 'hood.
I overcame the criminal lifestyle that’ll get me “life” behind bars. I’ve been blessed enough to never have to do any hard time (definitely had a few brushes).
However I have an older brother who is currently wrongfully convicted for a crime he didn’t commit.
My brother, Christopher Johnson, now 27, has been incarcerated since the summer of 2012. He was convicted of a murder, however no DNA evidence can link him to the crime. He was also charged with possession of a firearm. No gun was ever recovered.
He has an upcoming re-trial to try and overturn the sentence (15-25years).
My Brother's case is a PRIME example of the system being used against us.
I just want my brother home so we can get out together and this project can bring light to other misfortunes in the black community. He is 1 in 3. I am 1 in 3. WE are 1 in 3.