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"deer martin" Discussed on Black Girl Nerds
"This is John Deere for the Black Rolex podcast. Ended my extreme pleasure to speak with New York Times, bestselling author Nick. Stone today. We're going to talk about this very moving story that she has written called Dear Justice it touches upon a multitude of that affect our young black youth and we're GONNA. We're GONNA, discuss that book today. Thank you so much for joining me. Nick. How're you doing today? It is a pleasure to be joining you I. So rarely have the opportunity to speak. With other black women. So this is extremely exciting for me. Thank you. The pleasure is entirely mine. I had the opportunity to really dive deep into the book and I read it in its in its entirety it moved me on a number of of For a number of reasons on a multitude of issues and just the styling alone was so clever and unique, and so different from anything I've ever read before. But starting off. Dear Justice, win what motivated you to tell this story and tell me about the origin of putting this story together. Yes sure. So so dear justice is actually it's not a sequel in the sense of like a typical sequel where you're following the same main character through whatever happens after. An initial book, but it is. A follow up to another book called Deer Martens, Martin came out in two thousand seventeen and it's about an African American boy who's very different from Quan. Basically, they start in a similar place but wind up taking different paths and I, wound up writing dear, justice at the request of of a couple of black boys who had red deer Martin and who loved your Martin but who were unable to really. See themselves in the main character of that book Justice is the main character of Dear Martin, and he is a kid who is high achieving academically inclined. He's headed to Yale and he goes to this very elite predominantly white preparatory school and endear justice. We are following a different kid who we meet in your Martin and this kid the main character of deer justices name is Kwon. Kwon is a kid that grew up with justice until justice went off to this other school but we see in this book that they take these very different pass and so these kids. I call them. DNC There's a, there's a an opening letter in your justice where there's a set of text messages that I received from DMZ where they were basically asking me write another book where I was telling their story as kids who aren't always doing well in school who Sometimes are just doing their best to out of trouble and who have family members who were locked up who are dealing with a lot of other issues that justice didn't have to face. So this book is a tribute to then. And Z.. Shout to DNC for stoking this fire in you for the story I mean it was so relatable is based in Georgia, but I'm here in Inglewood California I am very familiar with. Type stories have that's affected my own family I've had young men in my own family who have experienced similar things that Kwan experiences. During the course of the book so it it touched me greatly. By examining, you know the effects of. Homes broken homes abusive homes The misallocation of of Justice of not the character justice, but you know the term justice. And how to young men from the same place could have a totally Different. Light trajectory based on something that happens in an instant. Beginning with justice justice is early are not just as Kwan's early years growing up and had a father in the in the picture but ultimately, the father is incarcerated and that changes his whole his whole life in a in an instant as as a young man. When you're telling a story like this. Where do you? How did you draw upon the pain and the misery that a young man like Kwan feels when he sees his father taken away from him in the effects of bad separation has on him in his life. I mean, I'm real big on going to the source In order to write this book, I did a lot of very indepth interacting with kids who are in detention with kids who have a parent in in who is incarcerated and it was important to me to make sure that they felt like I was listening to them even in the interviews because it's only through listening can we then? Really get into what somebody else's feeling like you can't really empathize with another person if you're not taking the time to listen to them. So it always for me starts with listening every story I write starts with listening. I had the privilege of getting to spend some time with the founder of an organization called children of promise in New, York and this organization is they're just focused solely on the kids of incarcerated parents. They have mental health services. There's an after school facility where these kids can come in and get tutoring and it's one of these kind of manifestations of the of the idea that it takes a village, right so I go in there I get to hang out with the founder and I get to talk to her about some of the things that she's witnessed with the kids she interacts with. And I got to talk to some of the kids as well. So it's just in collecting information and stories from other people. That I really get to that emotional core of a thing. I think we all understand what it means to be disappointed in some way or another. So being able to latch onto the feeling of disappointment the feelings of fear to the feeling of panic like those are things at all of us experience at some point or another. So as long as I can touch on that within myself, it makes me able to connect with other people who have experiences that are different from mine. With those experiences in a quantum travels in his interaction with justice what I particularly enjoyed in looking at the book physically looking at. The book. Employing the different styles that the appears in the letter formation. Some of it, it's like reading a script does they are billing outside of themselves watching something play out what made you employ that technique within your story? So I like to play with form. Dear Justice is my sixth novel and it like every book that I've written has some kind of like form play in it. This follows a similar form as dear Martin. The book came before it and part of the reason I wrote these books. This way is because my goal is to engage the kids don't think they like to. Read Right I. Find that when I go into schools and I interact with young people these days especially young black and Brown people because they are so used to never seeing themselves on the page a lot of them have no interest in reading and that's the thing that makes perfect sense to me like I remember being in Ninth Tenth Eleventh and Twelfth Grades and having. These assigned reading books where if I was in it or if there was somebody in it, that looked like me, the person was either some kind of escaped slaves or some kind of idiot on the page it was nobody's light and there was no life of a black literary character that I was told I had to read when I was in high school that I. Wanted to imitate I didn't want to be Tom Robinson from to kill a mockingbird. He had a terrible fate right. I didn't want to be Jim from huck Finn so that completely turned off from reading and I think when it comes to getting a person who doesn't like to read to realize that hey, maybe I do like to read I just haven't found.
"deer martin" Discussed on The Book Junkie
"Pretty unique to the y. c. e. when you first started writing the book. Did you have justices name? Just stuck in your head, or did you have something that inspired you to name him justice. Yeah, it's always been a very overt play on words. everything about this book is. About Justice. The character in the book is a play on words and Mike and I spell it with a wide did not directly on the nose so I was burying it just a little bit. Because you know people, we kind of created with the way we sell our names and I think that's beautiful day so from the get go. I knew this haircuts name was justice, and I knew that her name justice was going to be writing letters. Dr King, trying to figure out how justice actually work, and so throughout after book. If you see the where this is a good team, you can replace it with the concepts like in the opening chapter you have justice being arrested, and that's what's happening to the concept of justice in that scene, because there is no justice in that scene is being arrested as well because the boy hasn't done anything wrong, the girl has. So yeah I dislike kind of in your face metaphors. That's interesting. I love reading books. You know not not necessarily hidden meanings, but purposeful placement of the words. The absolutely and the sequel. Dear Justice is I. Kid incarcerated writing letters to justice, and it's the same play on words, so that was fun. Yeah, I can't wait to read that one I've really can't in September when that book drops, I will probably be the first person to read it honestly, and that brings me into the title Dear Martin Even Justice was it something that came after the story was written, or did you write the book based on justice writing to Martin or you know the title? Yeah the latter, so like I. When I wrote this book, I knew it was going to be a kid writing letters to Dr King. And Dear Dr King was just too much of a mouthful. So I went with Martin and like the same thing with your Justice Justice Kwan. He's a character India Martin is writing letters to justice. So that made it really easy fun fact, these are the only two books of mine that I have come up with the title for because I'm actually really bad at titling books, so these were easy, obviously like you ever kid writing writers Martin and Kate Writing Letters to justice very simple with my other books. I had a lot of help with those titles. Like how you called him? Martin in the Book Guy, made it more relatable for me, because if just wanted to be running dear Dr, Martin Luther King Junior dear Dr. Martin Luther King Junior now. I like that I liked how it was deere Martin like he was writing a letter to a friend. Thank you, and if you had to add another character into justice life, this is kind of an interesting question. Who would that person be to him? so interestingly enough the draft of Deer Martin that went to prints in the draft. Everyone like it is in the actual book was not the first one the initial. Dear Martin had it was double the length of what everybody's read. It had eight different points of view. It jumped back and forth in time and justice actually died on page three So. The very different book, but at the same time it was the same book it just like I, move stuff around, however in that previous version justice had a little sister, and she says she was a year younger manny like. Thing for her, and I wound up taking her out. In Edit. It's the one regret I have about this book because you know if you I don't know if you noticed, but there are no black girl in the book Melo is Biracial, but there's no straight up black girl, representing the black girl experience in the book because I, wound up taking her out and not realizing it I. didn't I didn't even notice that I had removed. Removed myself from the story, so that is the person that I would honestly put back in like if I could add another character, I would put her back into the book because she really was this kind of sounding board and this voice of reason in the thick of everything going on so personality lake. She was a big reader. She was kind of quiet. She kept to herself. academically driven she injustice were a lot of like She did not get along. Get along with their mother at all. Where justice with the he has the issue with his mom when it comes to s j win the sister within their. She and her mom just didn't get along at all so like it was just added a different layer the story I think. I would've loved to read about her. And I was reading the book in the realization came to me while not really realization because I knew this was going on in the world, but it settled in for me that this really is the harsh reality for so many black teenage boys who are being victimized by law enforcement in this book is actually the truth like some of their stories written down, so do you know anybody in your personal life that face this kind of adversity with law enforcement? I absolutely do unfortunately I know more than one person. I know one person who just turned eighteen, and he's one of my favorite people on Earth and he has had. He's had some run INS with law enforcement that have been completely unfair with every time he gets arrested. He gets out in the charges. Get dropped because he shouldn't have been charged in the first place type thing and then I actually have a female friend recently had an experience with police brutality that. Shook her up pretty shook her up pretty badly and it's it's interesting. Right? Because in both of these situations, it typically ends up being. There's always more than one police officer. Always and you have this group of like. Three four five police officers who are all for some reason intensely afraid of this one. African American person. You know it's it's such an interesting dynamic, and it's an unfortunate one and I'm glad that I got to write about. Police brutality, and I got to write about kind of this humanity of people, really because even police officers are people, and we're all fallible and I grew up with a police officer in my house. My Dad was a cop for the first twenty four years of my life, so having his insight and having him help me kind of walk through. Separating this ideal when it comes to what police officers are supposed to be from the fact that like they're human and they mess up. That really helped me with this book, and it helps me kind of when I'm hearing these stories from friends. It helps me Kinda like knocking as mad as probably would've other. Right, and it's not even the fact that it's all these beliefs offers going for this one person, a lot of the Times that person is a child. They're minor, and they're not even doing anything wrong. That warrants time treatment.
"deer martin" Discussed on The Book Junkie
"Brought to you by Brown gets read. This is a podcast where I bring on one of my friends and try to convince them to read a book that I really enjoyed. We talk about plot themes quotes, and how the story relates to us in real life, especially because routine majors I also interview authors who are making a big change in the world of young adult literature by writing about hot topics that are impacting the new generation. It's pretty much just a casual conversation all about books. Let's go into the episode. Today I am joined by Knicks Stone. She's the best selling author of Deer Martin odd out in clean get-away. She's also releasing a new book in September called Your Justice. She is a former cheerleader and graduate from SPELMAN, university. She loves writing and fever food is Bacon. I have the opportunity to talk to her. All about her book. Dear Martin in the background behind the story. I actually did a podcast episode with my friend Christian about Dear Martin in some really important issues that were encountered in the story. Miss Stone thanks for coming on the chat with me. Thank you for having me my dear. Okay so when I was reading about you and the birth of Deer Martin, I noticed that you have the concept for the book. After hearing about the shooting of seventeen year old Jordan Davis and I really love that you took initiative to write this book after seeing a problem in the world, so in what ways did writing this book influence? You personally not just your career. So the reason the Jordan Davis story impacted me so intensely because I have to African Americans sons. My older son was five months old windows. Davis was killed and it hit me in a place I hadn't been hit before because I didn't have children before so having a child who will grow up and we'll who, and who will be similar appearance to Jordan. Davis and to Michael Brown. Tamir Rice into all of these these. These black boys that have lost their lives. That's what made me want to dig into the book, and it has helped me to be more aware of my surroundings. Be More aware of how the world functions and also be more aware of my parts in this shared story that we're all living in how you know. My role is to write the stories that I think needs to be written, and hopefully with some kind of. Hopefully there's something in the stories that make people think a little bit harder. Yet can kind of relate to that because when I hear stories about that, I think my little brother who's also little black boy and when he gets older, he's GonNa look like all those other kids like you said about your son so i? Get concerned scared for him. I'm like I. Don't want you to grow up because I. Don't want something to happen to you or something to impact your future. Even take your life away from a simple mistake or somebody else's misconception. Yeah. I completely agree and I was reading the book and I noticed that Justice had kind of an internal battle with his personal relationship with white friends, in the fact that others who looked like them mistreated him so badly you know when he was arrested and they ripped his best friend away. What message would you give to Young African? American tour experiencing those emotions will the interesting thing about racism is that it's it's a systemic problem. Right like this is the problem that exists on a societal level and individuals obviously are affected by the way that we think about ourselves. The way that we think about other people is obviously shaped by the messages we get from society, but. And this is a big bite. It's important that we recognize each individual as an individual. I did have some problematic white friends when I was younger, and I was justice, like I, had that experience sitting in a classroom and hearing these things said around you that you know there's something wrong with there's. There's something not okay with what these people around you are saying, but you don't know how to speak up the thing that helped me the most. Most was coming to the realization. That like I. Get to be in charge of me. I get to be the person who decides who I'm going to be. What I'm GonNa do I'm going to stand for and what I'm not going to stand for, and I think that when kids in situations where you love your friends, but maybe your friends are saying things that highlight some problematic ways of thinking or or maybe wages. They are thinking at all. For me now what I would say, it's important to like. Talk to them about it. If friendship if your friendships are real, your friends should be receptive to hearing what you have to say into hearing about the ways that they hurt you and if they're not receptive to that, then they're probably not actually your friends. Is that make sense? Yes, because even in the book I was looking at the relationship between jared in manny in I was like manny should probably say something to jared. All other white friends who are saying comments that are aggressive towards his race in his people. You know yeah, yeah, but it's tricky like it is a tricky thing when you've been accepted by a group of. Of People for so long? There's a desire not want to upset that. However, even manny got to a breaking point. Right and I think as long as we recognize our own value. It's easier for us to stand up for ourselves for the people that we care about. Yes, because I understood manny's perspective, too, because he that's all he ever knew. That's what that's what he grew up with. You know the quote. Unquote preppy black boy and I think it was a really different take on young adult literature to see a black kid like many injustice. Go through real life struggles, but just the specifically because he found a way to. To confront it with peace, how did you come up with the idea for justice to write letters to Dr King Interestingly enough. There was a second. This is I won't say a second. This was like in a string. It was a pretty high number in the string of shootings, but there was a shooting that impacted me just as much as Jordan Davis, and that with the shooting of my own Brown in Ferguson Missouri, in response to that shooting, protests and marches broke out across the country, and it was really amazing to see people's kind of standing in solidarity against racism, but there was also a contingent of people who would quote. Quote Dr King in opposition to some of the protesting in the marching, which is a thing that like never made sense to me. I'm like no I'm pretty sure this is exactly the kind of thing Dr King. Not only would have stood for did stand for so after hearing. There's the mayor the mayor of my city. Actually at that point was his name was Christine read, and there was a day where we were supposed to do March and he got on the news, and he said all I ask is that you don't take the freeways. Dr King would never take a freeway and Dr King took a lot of freeways. So that it was like that line of thinking that made me want to examine contemporary events through the Lens of Dr King's teachings because it seems like any time. Something happens to a black person and people in the black community express any kind of anger over it. Other people white people, specifically especially white people in power. We're GONNA throw Dr. King says if like Dr King would have done things differently. He wouldn't be mad type thing and I don't agree with that, so that's why he ended up writing letters to Dr King because I really wanted to address this notion of Dr, King As. A pacifist quote unquote in the sense that like he would have. Just kind of taken would've thrown at him. I don't think that's true. Yeah, and I think it's also hypocritical for people to argue against the protesting with the words of a man who is quite arguably one of the most famous protesters in the world peacefully. Preach Baby. And justices name justice. It's pretty cool to me because the whole book is about justice for Black lives. So when I was reading the book at Keep Reminding Myself Pay, this is his actual name and the spelling was.