“I try to tell them, look there’s a better way of living,” he said. “I had a kid, he went and shoveled snow last week, made $140. And he fed his whole family, and he was so happy because he could provide, and I asked him ‘What you so happy for?’ He said ‘because, man, look at my little brother, he’s great, he’s eating McDonald’s,” Brown explained.
It’s the impact he makes through Running Rebels – a Milwaukee mentoring organization. An impact he knows not all kids will accept.
“In a perfect world I can say ‘put the guns down, put the stolies down, do the right thing, raise your family, help your mother,’ but that’s not the case,” said Brown. “At the end of the day, I’m realistic. I’m going to speak from what I know and what I’ve been through and from what we’ve been through, and where we’re at everybody’s not going to make it, so if you can grab some that’s going to listen to you, you did your job,” he said.