Dear Justyce

Dear Justyce

by

Nic Stone

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DeMarcus is a fellow member of Black Jihad. He’s a year older than Quan, and when they were in middle school, DeMarcus was expelled for an “anger problem.” Years later, when Quan joins Black Jihad, he learns that the anger issues developed after DeMarcus’s dad was killed by a cop during a traffic stop right in front of DeMarcus’s eyes. Because of this, he clings to his pistol and always has it on him.

DeMarcus Quotes in Dear Justyce

The Dear Justyce quotes below are all either spoken by DeMarcus or refer to DeMarcus. 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:
Choices vs. Fate Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Crown Books edition of Dear Justyce published in 2020.
April 24; Snapshot: A Postscript (Present Day) Quotes

I guess I didn’t realize just how big of a difference it could make to have somebody really believe in you. I been thinking a lot about Trey and Mar and Brad and them. We were all looking for the same things, man—support, protection, family, that type of shit. And we found SOME of it in one another, but we couldn’t really give each other no type of encouragement to do nothing GOOD because nobody was really giving US any. Matter fact, we typically got the opposite. People telling us how “bad” we were. Constantly looking at us like they expected only the worst.

How the hell’s a person supposed to give something they ain’t never had?

Related Characters: Quan Banks (speaker), Justyce, Martel, Trey, Brad, DeMarcus
Page Number: 133
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DeMarcus Character Timeline in Dear Justyce

The timeline below shows where the character DeMarcus appears in Dear Justyce. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Defiance
Choices vs. Fate Theme Icon
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...this isn’t unusual. Sometimes, the rage just overtakes him. He’s not violent like his classmate DeMarcus. Instead, he deals with his anger by stealing small things, like pencils or lip balm.... (full context)
Chapter 6: Disclose
Identity, Support, and Community Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...happened before, Quan has just gone for a walk or to hang with Brad and DeMarcus. But instead of going to Brad’s, Quan changes his mind. He takes a new turn... (full context)
Chapter 7: Disaster
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...it. He instructs Brad to stand on the left, Quan to take the right, and DeMarcus to stand next to Trey. Quan remembers DeMarcus getting expelled in middle school for anger... (full context)
April 24; Snapshot: A Postscript (Present Day)
Identity, Support, and Community Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
...realize it would make such a difference to have someone to believe in him. Trey, DeMarcus, and Brad were all looking for support, protection, and family, but nobody gave them that... (full context)
Snapshot: Two Young Men on a New (To Them) Playground
Choices vs. Fate Theme Icon
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...has seen him recently. Justyce nods. He was at Martel’s the other day to help DeMarcus with an essay, and Jared and Brad took the opportunity to joke like brothers. Quan... (full context)