Personally, I think I am seeing through this poem and beyond it. Yes, Felix taught Angelo how to be mean. He also taught him that Fathers can hold their sons on their laps. He taught him to respect his parents. He taught him to be strong and confident. He taught him that he can survive on the streets of the hood and to love the hood. But he did not hobble him to the hood. Angelo had to have encouragement to get to where he is - and it seems that Felix is pretty damn proud of him.
That's how I see it.
Robert E. Jordan
Member Rara Avis
This reminds me of a Johnny Cash song called `A Boy Named Sue` about a father who gave his son that name so that he would be tough and able to survive without a father. ----- I don`t think as a father that I could teach my kid to be mean because it is not in my nature. I would teach him self defense though and to avoid fights if he could.