Stand your Ground

Stand your Ground

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Janice Johnson is living every black mother's nightmare. Her seventeen-year-old son was murdered and the shooter has not been arrested. Can the D.A. and the police be trusted to investigate and do the right thing? Should Janice take advantage of the public outcry and join her husband alongside the angry protestors who are out for revenge? Three women must grapple with their faith and belief in justice when they become caught up in a highly charged murder trial involving the death of an African-American teenage boy whose shooter maintains a "Stand Your Ground" defense. Janice Johnson suffers through every mother's nightmare when she finds out that her 16-year-old son Marquis was murdered in the parking lot of a convenience store. But she and her husband's horror becomes greater when they learn the shooter hasn't been arrested. The Johnsons begin a quest to get justice for their son--though they want to take different roads to justice. Janice wants to work with the police, while her husband calls on his brother who is a member of the Brown Guardians, a militant group who've been accused of being nothing more than street vigilantes. This struggle drives a wedge between Janice and her husband at a time when they should be drawing closer together. Shelly Vance can't believe she's in the middle of this nightmare. Her husband Wyatt has killed a teenager who he says attacked him. And now that tragedy has been magnified by the racial divide that it's created in the city. Matters are made worse when her husband is finally arrested and put on trial. And by extension, Shelly finds herself being judged by everyone from her employer to her friends. On the jury of this high profile trial is the last place where Alax Wilson wants to be. Not only does she not want to be involved in this racially-charged case, but she really can't afford to take time off from work as a nurse. But once she's chosen as the jury's foreman, she takes her role very seriously. And once the case is turned over to the jury for a verdict, Alax finds herself in the middle of a fight and having to face her own prejudices as a young African American woman.
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Jun 01, 2018

This novel made me feel a number of emotions, including anger and sadness, as it's indeed a tragic story, in more ways than one. I was intrigued during a few moments, but on the whole, the story didn't surprise me. I do like how not all the characters of either race think exactly alike, none of them are perfect people, and there's some nuance in the black community's response to the killing.

I would've liked to see more purpose and dimension for some of the characters. Although I liked seeing Meredith's perspective, she ultimately doesn't seem pivotal to the plot. The story's "bad guys" are like caricatures, and in the end, Wyatt's character just didn't make sense to me.

In all, my biggest takeaways from this read are reminders not to take prejudgments as facts and to beware of accepting "loud" perceptions without thinking critically, without searching and listening carefully, listening closely, for truth.

Feb 14, 2018

Good read from start to finish. There are a couple heart wrenching passages in this book that made me cry as I was reading. I have NEVER cried while reading a book in my 48 years of living. You have to be opened minded to read this book to appreciate each side of view.


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