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Teens are Tackling Racism by Staging a Play About Police BrutalityLINK
By Amy Zimmer | July 19, 2016 1:24pm
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When Off the Page’s co-directors Jody Drezner Alperin and Vicky Finney Crouch contacted the book’s authors about the project in January, they knew the young people they work with in the city’s schools were grappling with the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, among others, at the hands of police.
He already feels like his horizons have broadened. “I feel sort of like Quinn,” he said of his character. “If society wants to tell us that white people have all the power, still, in this country, like they say in Spider-Man, with great power comes great responsibility. We’re the ones who have power. We’ve got to change it too.”