“You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you. When it comes down to it, the only question that matters is this: If nothing in the world ever changes, what type of man are you gonna be?”
Progress Report #3: Theme By Hayden Sheets
Theme Development #2
“People often learn more from getting an undeserved pass than they would from being punished.”
The Theme of the Story so far is that everyone might not be treated equal no matter how much someone says they are.
Theme Development #3
“Yeah, there are no more “colored” water fountains, and it’s supposed to be illegal to discriminate, but if I can be forced to sit on the concrete in too-tight cuffs when I’ve done nothing wrong, it’s clear there’s an issue. That things aren’t as equal as folks say they are.”
In the book Dear Martin the main character Justyce is trying to help his friend who is drunk and is trying to drive herself home. Then when he puts her in the car and is about to take her home himself a police officer pushes Justyce against the car and handcuffs him. The police officer also would let him go even after Melo's parents show up and Justyce thinks it was cause he was black.
“You ever consider that maybe you not supposed to 'fit'? People who make history rarely do.”
Later in the book Justyce starts to fall in love with his debate partner CJ, but in his mind he can't date her. The problem with him falling in love with CJ is that she is white, and Justyce's mom has told him that if he ever came home with a white girl she would blow a gasket. The only reason for Justyce's to dislike white poeple this much is because they owned slaves.
The theme is developed even more in the story when Justyce is accepted into Yale which was his dream school to go to. One of the kids in his debate class named Jared was also trying to get into Yale. Jared said that the only reason that Justyce got into Yale over him was because he was black not because he was smarter. Then when they compared test scores Jared didnt believe him that Justyce scored higher than him on the SAT.
I predict that something is going to happen to Justyce or his best friend Manny that is going to make Jared see that the world might not be as equal as he thinks. So far in the book even though Justyce was attacked by the police just by his looks Jared thinks that everyone is treated equally. Jared my excuse that the world is equal is that Manny's family is rich and I think that Jared is gonna learn that life might not be as equal as he thinks