All American Boys By Jason Reynolds
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Book/Novel Author: Jason Reynolds
Book/Novel Title: All American Boys
Thats the sidewalk graffiti that started it all Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didnt matter what Rashad said nextthat it was an accident, that he wasnt stealingthe cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again and again stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing. And thats how it started. And thats what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friends older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesnt tell a soul Hes not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the schooland nationstart to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like racism and police brutality. Quinn realizes hes got to understand it, because, bystander or not, hes a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be. Rashad and Quinnone black, one white, both Americanface the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didnt die after the civil rights movement. Theres a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world. Cuz thats how it can end.