The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus


Dashka Slater

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The 57 Bus: Part 2: Stripped Summary & Analysis

Later that fall, Richard is held at gunpoint and robbed while walking to Cherie’s house. “In Oakland it’s called getting stripped,” and they take Richard’s wallet, shoes, phone, money, and his coat. Richard recognizes one of them, and according to “rumor,” this kid has definitely “killed people.” Richard’s cousin wants to go back and get his stuff, but Richard “keeps walking.”
This passage again illustrates the prevalence of crime in East Oakland, and the fact that the community has a specific word for this type of attack is a testament to how frequently “stripping” occurs.
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