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The benefits outweigh the risks, choosing to be ethical

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

by Ann DeWitt

“Ethics” is the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation. (Merriam-Webster)  This is a common thread throughout each novel in The Street Life Series. Kevin M. Weeks weaves the issues of ethics from “snitching” to “funding an honest living with dirty money.”

Teco Jackson is the main character who against all odds and principles of the streets emerges on the right side of the law.  Choosing the best decision in life is not often making the most popular decision – no matter what your social status – just ask those who remain standing after the heavy-handed gavel drops. Because The Street Life Series opens the door in discussing several topics in the area of ethics, readers and book clubs have an opportunity to debate their position – perhaps resurrecting required dialog on the moral dilemmas facing generations to come.

I am often asked what do I like most about The Street Life Series. I do know this. Before you can fix a problem, you need to understand what the problem is.  How can one help those in need in urban America or represent their needs in government if one doesn’t tolerate the street language and understand the customs?  In the third novel (Is It Rags or Riches?), Kevin M. Weeks stages a scene with female character Gail Indigo Que (GQ) and her mentor, Tommy Richardson, which sparks a backdrop of how mentors can establish a baseline discussion with protégé’s before broaching indepth topics such as business ethics.  The conversation itself between Gail and Tommy opened up a new way of thinking for me.

Readers, book clubs, and mentors around the world can leverage The Street Life Series as a tool to better understand the “raw and uncut” urban landscape of inner cities in America which includes the many ethical dilemmas.  Until there is better overstanding, then and only then will our combined efforts make a monumental impact on tooling and/or retooling everyone in striving towards the American Dream.

Highlighting the good in humanity, Ann

The Street Life Series by Kevin M. Weeks

The Street Life Series by Kevin M. Weeks

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