Light Will Always Shine Through

Frederick Reynolds Author Interview

Black, White, and Gray All Over: A Black Man’s Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement follows your career in law enforcement giving readers the good and bad of it all. Why was this an important book for you to write?

This book was important because of the turmoil and racial strife our country is experiencing right now, primarily as a result of law enforcement interactions. I felt that it was important to talk about these issues from both sides by someone who was an expert in each issue. It was also important for me to leave a legacy for my children and their children. I know nothing about my great grandparents and little about my grandparents. Now, at least my descendants will be able to walk in my shoes, so to speak.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

When I starting writing it, I thought the hardest part was going to be the part where my colleagues were murdered. But as I got deeper into the story, I realized that I had a lot of unresolved childhood issues. Writing about that, although traumatic, was as therapeutic as if I had seen a professional therapist.

What is one piece of advice someone gave you that changed your life?

Never quit. No matter how many times you fall down, get up at least one more time.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

Unity. We are all the same, no matter what race, color, gender, or sexual preference. Love is the single most important thing we as humans have. Wherever there is darkness, light will always shine through. If you’re unsure which way to go, stay in the gray until the light finds you.

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From shootouts and robberies to riding in cars with pimps and prostitutes, Frederick Reynolds’ early manhood experiences in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s foretold a future on the wrong side of the prison bars. Frederick grew up a creative and sensitive child but found himself lured down the same path as many Black youth in that era. No one would have guessed he would have a future as a cop in one of the most dangerous cities in America in the 1980s—Compton, California. From recruit to detective, Frederick experienced a successful career marked by commendations and awards. The traumatic and highly demanding nature of the work, however, took its toll on both his family and personal life—something Frederick was able to conquer but only after years of distress and regret.

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