When They Call You a Terrorist

by

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

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JT is a Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles organizer and Patrisse’s long-time friend. After Patrisse’s divorce with Mark Anthony, he became her romantic partner and the father of their child, Shine. JT and his young daughter were with Patrisse when her home was raided in June 2013, after Trayvon Martin was killed and before his killer was acquitted. Fearing for JT’s life—he is a large, dark-skinned Black man—Patrisse tried to handle the dozen police officers pointing guns at her house herself, but eventually JT and his daughter were also forced outside. They were all aware that JT could easily be killed for the slightest movement, but they all survived the encounter. A couple years later, while JT and Patrisse were in a non-monogamous relationship, Patrisse became pregnant with Shine. Despite expressing desire to raise a child with Patrisse, JT was not excited about the pregnancy and emotionally withdrew, leaving Patrisse to rely on Future and Carla to get through her pregnancy. Later, they went through a restorative mediation process in which JT shared that he was unable to be present for Patrisse because he was processing grief over both the deaths of family members and high-profile killings of Black people.

JT Quotes in When They Call You a Terrorist

The When They Call You a Terrorist quotes below are all either spoken by JT or refer to JT. 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 12 Quotes

Immediately, the police surround the three of us, who are not armed and who are dressed like three people who were sitting in their house and planning out their day, which is what we had been doing when we first heard the helicopters.

Ten, maybe a dozen, cops force us at gunpoint […] into the courtyard in front of our cottage while the others swarm past us and enter my home like angry hornets or a sudden airborne plague.

Related Characters: Patrisse Khan-Cullors (speaker), JT
Related Symbols: Helicopters
Page Number: 192
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JT Character Timeline in When They Call You a Terrorist

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Chapter 12: Raid
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Patrisse, her friend and fellow BLM activist JT, and his daughter hide in a corner of the cottage as the helicopters get louder.... (full context)
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...so in the name of public safety rather than due to poor training and racism. JT and Patrisse discuss this as the helicopters hover, and they know that even if the... (full context)
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Someone bangs on the door, and Patrisse answers to protect JT since he is dark-skinned and large. If Trayvon, Oscar Grant, and Ramarley Graham could be... (full context)
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Inside, Patrisse and JT hug and try to breathe. They hear the police talking loudly outside about how Patrisse... (full context)
Chapter 14: #SayHerName
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Patrisse begins to date again—first a trans man who doesn’t agree to nonmonogamy, and then JT, her longtime friend who is part of BLM. They are talking about having a child... (full context)
Chapter 15: Black Futures
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Intersectionality of Identity Theme Icon
...the pregnancy test because her period is late, and she feels sick. When she tells JT she is pregnant, he does not acknowledge her and then looks at her with fear... (full context)
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Family, Community, and Healing Theme Icon
When Patrisse told Future about her relationship with JT and the potential baby, they were respectful. They talked about their families together, and Patrisse... (full context)
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Days later, JT hides when he is supposed to drive Patrisse to her first doctor’s appointment, so she... (full context)
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Patrisse moves out of her home with JT and couch surfs for three months, spending some time in Toronto where Future cares for... (full context)