Counter Storytelling Of Young Adult Literature

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Counter-Storytelling in Young Adult Literature: “Oh my God! He was right over there! Closer than I’d been to him when Paul laid into him. Much closer. And Rashad was looking at me, too. I locked eyes with a kid I didn’t know, but felt like I did” (309). All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely sought to address police brutality in America, more specifically Springfield. Rashad and Quinn are your average high school teenagers, attending the same school not knowing one another but going about their daily lives when Rashad is brutally beaten by Officer Paul Galluzzo. The taped beating of Rashad causes both young men to dig deep and answer questions about what is right and what is wrong. Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely presents counter-storytelling in All American Boys to tell a story of racism and police brutality from the perspective of African-American teen (Rashad) and a White teen (Quinn). According to Hughes-Hassell: Counter-storytelling is an examination of racism and its impact on people of color and indigenous people. Racism is defined as a system of advantage based on race-a system that involves cultural messages and institutional policies or practices, as well as the beliefs and actions of individuals (221). Rashad and Quinn throughout the text seek to answer the question of race being the motive behind the brutal beating by Officer Paul Galluzzo. How is counter-storytelling used in All American Boys? All American Boys uses
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