I'm sorry, but since your father left we don't have food.
Mom! I'm hungry!
You're going to need to pick up some slack around here. Here is some money, go to the store and get groceries.
On the way to the store, he ran into a gang of boys that beat him up and sent him running home, crying, with no more money.
After he had tried again to go to the store and the same thing happened again twice, he went home and gave up to his mom. She would not let him in, however, without coming home with the groceries first. She handed him more money and a stick and sent him off.
He met them again on the street, but this time fought them off with the stick and sent them home running. He went and bought the groceries, keeping his stick ready at his side.
And that's how he won the rights to the streets of Memphis.