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Removed from the curriculum at Digital Harbor (MD) High School after parents complained that the content and language were too graphic for teenagers. The coming-of-age memoir follows the author as he navigates the streets of Philadelphia as a kid, educating himself through gangs, school, rap, and books. A teacher from Digital Harbor High School wrote an opinion piece for the Baltimore Sun stating, “When we take away literature that reflects the realities of many students’ lives, we say to them that their voices do not matter.” Asante, now an associate professor at Morgan State University, has boon teaching Buck in Baltimore City since 2013, and told Cassius, “When I was a young buck, it was these kinds of books [that] really changed the whole trajectory and direction of my life…”

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