When They Call You a Terrorist

by

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

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Cynthia Character Analysis

Cynthia was Patrisse’s neighbor when she was growing up and also Monte’s on-again, off-again partner. A low-income Black woman who was shot in a drive-by shooting while at a party and paralyzed from the waist down, Cynthia tried to care for Monte (and their son Chase). But given Monte’s mental illness, she didn’t have the capacity to do so. During one of Monte’s manic episodes after returning from prison, he destroyed everything in Cynthia’s house, and she made him move out.

Cynthia Quotes in When They Call You a Terrorist

The When They Call You a Terrorist quotes below are all either spoken by Cynthia or refer to Cynthia. 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 St. Martin's Griffin edition of When They Call You a Terrorist published in 2020.
Chapter 8 Quotes

I am thinking of all the people, like my brother, like my father—who have been the targets of harm, not the harm itself. And yet they are the ones whom society views as disposable […] I am filled with a sense of rage and a call to action at the idea that my brother, my Monte, is considered someone disposable to these people. But to me and my mother and to my sister and my brother, to Chase and to Cynthia, Monte was never disposable.

Related Characters: Patrisse Khan-Cullors (speaker), Monte Cullors, Chase, Cynthia
Page Number: 120
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Cynthia Character Timeline in When They Call You a Terrorist

The timeline below shows where the character Cynthia appears in When They Call You a Terrorist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Twelve
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External Forces vs. Personal Responsibility Theme Icon
Patrisse can’t take the bus to Millikan, so her mother borrows a car from Cynthia, their 19-year-old neighbor who has a child and is paralyzed from the waist down after... (full context)
Chapter 8: Zero Dark Thirty
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Monte moved back in with Cynthia, but, as a poor paraplegic in a wheelchair, she was unable to make sure he... (full context)
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Family, Community, and Healing Theme Icon
...Las Vegas but hates it and returns to LA against Patrisse’s advice, moving in with Cynthia.  Less than a year later, Cherice calls Patrisse to tell her Monte is off his... (full context)