THE EIGHTH ROUND
The Eighth Round is a true story based on the life of Zeke Wilson, who took on a battle that became the federal precedent for all legal findings of same race discrimination.
The story involves a common man who found himself faced with racial discrimination. It tells of his struggle and triumph, involving important and timely social issues raised through the misuse of authority by both black and white government officials.
It tells of one man's determination and perseverance in the face of great odds. It tells of his struggle to see the dispute through, often without legal representation and despite his lack of higher education. It powerfully demonstrates the effect that this struggle had on him and his own bi-racial family.
This true story will keep you engaged and cheering for the underdog all the way. It will appeal to a vast audience, and will leave every reader forever changed.
"Whenever and wherever you are confronted by injustice, fight it. Don't believe that you can't because you lack money, education, and power. Stand up and fight for the rights that were earned for us at a high price -- whether that injustice comes from the local, state, or federal government, or from private citizens." - Zeke Wilson
Free Excerpt from The Eighth Round Book:
This story occurred at the turn of a new century, the year 2000. I felt compelled to tell my story with the hope and intent that it will inspire and empower people to recognize injustice and oppression in their everyday lives, give them the resolve to weed it out and pull it up by its roots.
I believe in the American justice system. The legislative and judicial branches of our government are designed in such a way that they are living, growing things. Like children, they are not perfect, but are growing and forming every day. Should we want justice, it is our duty to help shape it by demonstrating no tolerance for injustice. If we want equality under the law, we have a duty to be actively involved in shaping the laws that effect our lives.
Most importantly, we need to guard against apathy. Granted, it is always easier to accept the status quo than to change it, but ease should not be our primary resolve.
If we want future generations to enjoy true freedom and equality, we must fight now to wipe out injustice at every level.We cannot resort to violent means. We cannot resort to fostering hatred. We cannot teach our children either to accept the injustice or to hate its perpetrators, but to take a positive and active stance in ensuring that the future of the American people is one characterized by equality of opportunity for every single person who calls himself or herself American---regardless of color, race, ancestry, belief, or lifestyle preference.
It is my fervent desire to encourage every person to replace excuses with action. If you lack education, know and accept that you have the capacity to educate yourself. Make informed decisions. Ask questions. Use reason. Become self-educated, and you will possess knowledge and understanding that are truly your own.
If you lack money, re-prioritize. I speak from experience, having existed at various levels of the American dream. Accept that I fought this battle without the funds that everyone told me were necessary. I found truth in the principle outlined by our first Statesmen---that Justice in America must be available to all, or it is useful to none. Where money is scarce, education overcomes. Gone are the days when only the rich could afford justice. Our court system is available to all, with the prerequisite only that you are willing to learn the rules of court and the laws. If I did it, so can you.
Finally, don’t give in to self-pity. People will only disempower you if you let them. Know that our founding fathers had a clear vision. Having come from a system of unequal access to the courts, they built steps to ensure we would not suffer the same future. Where those steps have become cracked, it is our duty to patched and rebuild them to serve their original purpose.