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From left are Respect Women members Aarom Whalon, Bernardo Baxter, David Glasco, Dieter Cantu, Pernell Jones and John Belvin.

Chivalry never goes out of style

By CANDICE BRUSUELAS

Features Editor

Growing up in Chicago, Dieter Cantu saw a lot of struggle and a lot of misfortune, not the least of which included his own.
Cantu, now a San Antonio resident, had a troubled child and young adult-hood and found himself in prison for aggravated robbery.
“When I was younger I was in foster care and things like that,” Cantu said. “My father had passed away and my mother was real sick. I’m from Chicago and I came down and I really had a lack of opportunity.”
“I mean, in my neighborhood, you see everything. You see incarceration, you see gang activity, you see drug use, you see all that. When I got out I didn’t want to be part of the recidivism rate. I didn’t want to go back or do the same thing over again,” he said. “Because I was my provider. I paid my mother’s bills, I paid for my medical bills, I paid for everything. I went in when I was 16 and I was released when I was 20 years old. I just wanted to find a different way.”

 

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