All American BoysBook - 2015
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Flipping back and forth between two voices, we hear the story of Rashad who is brutally beaten by a police officer who thinks he's harassing a woman at a convenience store. This event is witnessed by one of Rashad's white teammates and a family friend of the officer. Both young men struggle to ... Read More »
8th grade to adult
IndyPL_KirstenW Jun 08, 2020
Teen: The repercussions of racial violence and injustice seen through the eyes of two teens, the victim and a witness. One black, one white and the struggle to not only understand but how do you deal with situation from the inside and outside of the injustice.
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He wasn't strong because he wasn't afraid. No, he was strong because he kept doing it even though he was afraid. (p. 289)
Say what? To hold your head up? That everything would be okay? Baby, I could tell by the look on your face that you ain't need none of that. Sometimes, when people get treated as less than human, the best way to help them feel better is to simply treat them as human. Not as victims. Just you as you. Rashad Butler, before all this. (p. 243)
They were probably afraid, too. Afraid of people like Paul. Afraid of cops in general. Hell, they were probably afraid of people like me. I didn't blame them. I'd be afraid too, even if I was a frigging house like Tooms. But I didn't have to be because my shield was that I was white. (p. 180)
I felt like I'd been doing the same damn thing the last couple of days--trying to stare so hard at my own two feet so I wouldn't have to look up and see what was really going on. And while I'd been doing that, I'd been walking in the wrong directions.
I didn't want to walk away anymore. (p. 185)
But here are the words that kept ricocheting around me all day: Nobody says the words anymore, but some how the violence still remains. If I didn't want the violence to remain, I had to do a hell of a lot more than just say the right things and not say the wrong things. (p. 218)
“Because racism was alive and real as shit. It was everywhere and all mixed up in everything, and the only people who said it wasn’t, and the only people who said, “Don’t talk about it” were white. Well, stop lying. That’s what I wanted to tell those people. Stop lying. Stop denying. That’s why I was marching. Nothing was going to change unless we did something about it. We! White people!”
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