Jared is one of Justyce’s best friends. They were classmates in high school during the events of Dear Martin and are now classmates at Yale. In Dear Martin, Jared was obnoxious, entitled, and racist. However, the murder of their Black classmate Manny brought about a change in Jared. He’s still annoying and entitled at times, but he makes more of an effort to recognize when his privilege clouds his interpretation of something. Along with Justyce and SJ, Jared throws himself into proving Quan’s innocence after Quan shares that he didn’t kill Officer Castillo. Jared is the one to point out that with Officer Castillo’s partner, Officer Tison, dead, the prosecution has no witnesses—and therefore, no case against Quan. Justyce is extremely surprised when Jared connects with Brad, a white member of Black Jihad. Though they come from very different backgrounds and have taken different paths, Jared and Brad laugh and joke like brothers.
Jared Christensen Character Timeline in Dear Justyce
The timeline below shows where the character Jared Christensen appears in Dear Justyce. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Snapshot: Two Boys and a Girl in a Car (Present Day)
Snapshot: Two Boys, a Girl, a Teacher, a Lawyer, and a Case Management Intern in a Basement
...a “young (almost) man’s freedom is on the line.” Justyce thanks Attorney Friedman, Doc, Liberty, Jared, and SJ for coming. He lays out the facts: Quan has been incarcerated since September... (full context)
Snapshot: A Black Boy (and a White Boy) Visits a Black Man (and a White Boy)
Snapshot: Two Young Men on a New (To Them) Playground