All American Boys

by

Jason Reynolds

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Carlos Greene Character Analysis

Carlos is the third of Rashad’s best friends. Every year he auditions for the basketball team, and every year he is unsuccessful, something that his friends tease him about. Carlos is a graffiti artist whose tag is LOS(T). After Rashad’s arrest he spray-paints the words RASHAD IS ABSENT AGAIN TODAY in front of Springfield Central High, thereby instigating the hashtag #RashadIsAbsentAgainToday.

Carlos Greene Quotes in All American Boys

The All American Boys quotes below are all either spoken by Carlos Greene or refer to Carlos Greene. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Atheneum edition of All American Boys published in 2015.
14. Thursday: Rashad Quotes

Pictures of me throwing up the peace sign, some––the ones Spoony feared––of me flipping off the camera. Carlos and the fellas had been cropped out. These images would have nasty comments under them from people saying stuff like, Looks like he'd rob a store, and If he'd pull his pants up, maybe he would've gotten away with the crime! Lol, and Is that a gang sign? Other pictures were of me in my ROTC uniform. Of course, those had loads of comments like, Does this look like a thug? and If he were white with this uniform on, would you still question him?

Related Characters: Rashad Butler (speaker), Spoony Butler, Carlos Greene
Related Symbols: Uniforms
Page Number: 278
Explanation and Analysis:
16. Friday: Rashad Quotes

Me, Spoony, Carlos, English, Berry, and Shannon were in the front of the crowd, and all of a sudden, our arms locked and we were leading the way like—the image came to me of raging water crashing against the walls of a police dam. Marching. But it wasn’t like I was used to. It wasn't military style. Your left! Your left! Your left-right-left! It wasn’t like that at all. It was an uncounted step, yet we were all in sync. We were on a mission.

Page Number: 306
Explanation and Analysis:
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Carlos Greene Character Timeline in All American Boys

The timeline below shows where the character Carlos Greene appears in All American Boys. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Friday: Rashad
American Culture, Values, and Patriotism Theme Icon
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...English and Rashad have been friends since they were children, along with Shannon Pushcart and Carlos Greene, who are also in the bathroom. The boys discuss the party at Jill’s that... (full context)
5. Sunday: Rashad
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...show up about Rashad being on the news. Rashad responds with a group text to Carlos, Shannon, and English explaining what happened and assuring them that he’s okay. Rashad’s family members... (full context)
8. Monday: Rashad
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In the afternoon, Carlos, Shannon, and English arrive at the hospital to visit Rashad. As the boys catch up,... (full context)
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...daze. Suddenly English says it’s time for them to leave, as they have practice. However, Carlos insists that “somebody gotta do something” about what happened to Rashad. English is hesitant; Rashad... (full context)
10. Tuesday: Rashad
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Soon after, English, Shannon, and Carlos arrive; they, too, immediately begin talking about the protest. English explains that Mr. Fisher is... (full context)
14. Thursday: Rashad
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American Culture, Values, and Patriotism Theme Icon
Fathers and Sons Theme Icon
Maturity, Discipline, and Responsibility Theme Icon
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...that he is marching for Darnell as much as himself. Later that night, English, Shannon, Carlos, and Spoony come over, and Jessica orders Mother’s Pizza. The boys explain what has been... (full context)
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Rashad tells Carlos that he knows it was him who did the graffiti outside school. Carlos denies it... (full context)
16. Friday: Rashad
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American Culture, Values, and Patriotism Theme Icon
Maturity, Discipline, and Responsibility Theme Icon
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...he moves through the crowd, people part ways to make space for him. Rashad spots Carlos, English, and Shannon, holding a sign that says, “RASHAD IS ABSENT AGAIN TODAY.” Rashad spots... (full context)
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The crowd chants. Rashad locks arms with Spoony, Carlos, English, Berry, and Shannon, and the group of them end up at the very front,... (full context)