assume a drooping posture or carriage
From where he’s standing across the street, Justyce can see her: Melo Taylor, ex-girlfriend,
slumped over beside her Benz on the damp concrete of the FarmFresh parking lot.
capable of being wounded or hurt
Despite Manny's assertion that Melo needs to “suffer some consequences for once," leaving her here all
vulnerable doesn't seem like the right thing to do.
characterized by unresponsiveness or lack of movement
Now she’s gone
an expression of lack of regard
First and foremost, please know I mean you no
disrespect with the whole "Martin" thing.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
...I apparently looked so
menacing in my prep school hoodie, the cop who cuffed me called for backup.
confine or restrain with or as if with manacles
...I apparently looked so menacing in my prep school hoodie, the cop who
cuffed me called for backup.
a health facility where patients receive treatment
Mrs. F didn't say a whole lot as she drove me to my dorm, but she made me promise to go by the
infirmary and get some cold packs for my swollen wrists.
indistinct in outline
The details are
hazy since there weren't any witnesses, but what's clear is this cop shot an unarmed kid.
There’s a lot of
conflicting information, so hard to know what to believe.
an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
scuffle ensued (allegedly), and according to the police report, Shemar tried to grab the cop’s gun, so the cop shot Shemar in self-defense.
take place or happen afterward or as a result
ensued (allegedly), and according to the police report, Shemar tried to grab the cop’s gun, so the cop shot Shemar in self-defense.
meriting respect or esteem
Yeah, I grew up in a rough area, but I know l‘m a good dude, Martin. I thought if I made sure to be an
upstanding member of society, I‘d be exempt from the stuff THOSE black guys deal with, you know?
characterized by extravagance and softness
Justyce drops down onto the
plush leather sofa in Manny’s basement and grabs the game controller from the giant ottoman in front of him.
a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
Justyce drops down onto the plush leather sofa in Manny’s basement and grabs the game controller from the giant
ottoman in front of him.
move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
It pushes into Justyce’s ears and bounces around in his head; he can feel it
pulsating in his chest: BANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANG.
a new personification of a familiar idea or person
avatar switches weapons in quick succession, tossing everything he’s got at the enemy troops.
Manny reaches out to give Jus’s shoulder a
supportive squeeze, then pushes a few buttons to switch games.
The guys choose their
respective teams. Manny wins the coin toss and elects to receive.
look with amazement
His team kicks off, but Manny’s players don’t move because he’s still
gaping at Justyce like he just confessed to murder.
in a non-literal sense
“...Considering how many times Melo has
figuratively kicked you in yours—”
“Shut up, man.”
a specialist in the science of mental life
“You know my mom’s a
psychologist,” Manny says.
a formal document charging a person with some offense
For one, yesterday a Nevada grand jury didn’t return an
indictment on the cop who killed Shemar Carson.
brag openly or dwell on with satisfaction
crows as he crosses the room to his seat.
the student with the best grades
That would be Sarah-Jane Friedman. Lacrosse captain, future
valedictorian, and Justyce’s debate partner since sophomore year.
formally approved and invested with legal authority
Doc: Who can tell me the origin of this statement?
Jared: United States Declaration of Independence,
ratified July Fourth, 1776.
marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction
[Smiles smugly and crosses his arms.]
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation
Now, when we use our twenty-first-century minds to examine the quote within its historical
context, something about it isn’t quite right.
existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
You don’t see anything odd about these guys in particular making a statement about the
inherent “equality” of men?
a state of being essentially equivalent
You don’t see anything odd about these guys in particular making a statement about the inherent “
equality” of men?
originating where it is found
Well, these were the same guys who killed off the
indigenous peoples and owned slaves.
add details, as to an account or idea
Expound if you will, Ms. Friedman.
dissenting with the majority opinion
Jared: Well, anyone born here is a citizen with full rights. There are people who claim certain “injustices” are race-related, but if you ask me, they’re just being
lacking conscious awareness of
SJ: Sorry. It’s just—you’re completely
oblivious to the struggles of anyone outside your little social group.
inequality or difference in some respect
SJ: I’m serious. What about the economic
having a constant ratio
What about the fact that proportionally speaking, there are more people of color living in poverty than white people?
walk with a lofty proud gait
Jared: Whatever. There are people on welfare
strutting around in Air Jordans, so there’s obviously some footwear money coming from somewhere.
come into a new country and change residency
SJ: Sorry, Doc. As I was saying, my great-grandparents
immigrated to this country from Poland after narrowly escaping Chelmno.
devoid of intelligence
You’d spew a lot less asininity if you were willing to see beyond the eighteenth hole of your country club golf course.
a crime less serious than a felony
SJ: The charge on his record—which is public, so you can go look it up—was a
misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
an aggressive and violent young criminal
I think the fact that her mom has to constantly defend all those
thugs is starting to screw with her head.
after the expected or usual time
Manny: [Laughs belatedly.]
without advance preparation
I just got back to school after an
impromptu trip to the hood.
incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another
"It's just like...I've been there my whole high school career, and I still feel like an outsider, you know? We were talking about the Declaration of Independence, and all I could think was how Shemar Carson was straight-up denied his '
inalienable rights.' It really bugged me out."
openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness
candid with you: sometimes it really bugs me that Manny spends so much time with those guys.
without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
I know he’s known them forever, and it's none of my business, but it’s hard to see my boy hang out with dudes who are blatantly disrespectful to our people.