When They Call You a Terrorist

by

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

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Mark Anthony Character Analysis

Mark Anthony is Patrisse’s friend whom she ended up marrying. They met when Patrisse is a senior at Cleveland High School and Mark Anthony was a junior. Though Patrisse had never before been attracted to a straight cisgender man, while working as a TA in one of his classes, she was immediately drawn to him. They developed a deep friendship over the next several years, connecting over healing, justice, and art. After graduation, they ran a restorative justice program at Cleveland together about trauma and resilience. They eventually started a romantic relationship, though they were non-monogamous and didn’t kiss each other for years. After they did start a physical relationship, Mark Anthony disappeared again, and Patrisse cut him out of her life. Five years later, they both received divinatory readings in their Ifa spiritual tradition that said they were meant to be together. They decided to give their relationship another shot and eventually got married. Throughout this, Mark Anthony was studying Chinese Medicine and supporting Patrisse in taking care of Monte when he had manic episodes. He was also the victim of a police raid—Patrisse found him handcuffed in front of their house when she got home one night, and he was told that he fit the description of someone committing robberies in the area. After this, they started the prison abolition organization Dignity and Power Now together. But as Patrisse became focused on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, she and Mark Anthony realized they were better as coworkers and friends. They ended their romantic relationship, though they stayed close friends.

Mark Anthony Quotes in When They Call You a Terrorist

The When They Call You a Terrorist quotes below are all either spoken by Mark Anthony or refer to Mark Anthony. 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 7 Quotes

I have never seen him high before but I refuse to turn away. If he matters to me at all then he has to matter to me at every moment. He has to matter to me at this moment. Seeing him like this feels like my soul is being pulled over shards of glass but I do not turn away. His life is not expendable. Our love is not disposable. I will not be to him what the world has been to him. I will not throw him away.

Page Number: 97
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Mark Anthony Character Timeline in When They Call You a Terrorist

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Chapter 6: Out in the World
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One other important person joins Patrisse’s community in high school: Mark Anthony , the man who will become her first husband. Patrisse has never been attracted to... (full context)
Chapter 7: All the Bones We Could Find
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...will never go back.) Patrisse has built a small family around her with Carla and Mark Anthony (who is now her partner), and they pay for Gabriel’s flight home. Her chosen family’s... (full context)
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...watching Gabriel enjoy playing baseball with his family. By now, Patrisse is in love with Mark Anthony . He is kind and accepting of her sexuality, and she feels fully loved. Mark... (full context)
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...is dead. Patrisse refuses to accept this is true and calls Gabriel’s cell repeatedly as Mark Anthony drives them to the shelter where Gabriel had been living. She is in shock. The... (full context)
Chapter 8: Zero Dark Thirty
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...with a focus on Abrahamic religions. She’s also working at Cleveland, running a program with Mark Anthony on trauma and resilience. Monte has been out of prison for three years but unable... (full context)
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Before Monte comes home, Patrisse and Mark Anthony organize a re-entry team for Monte made up of their chosen family. When he is... (full context)
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...calls Patrisse to tell her Monte is off his meds and is destroying Cynthia’s home. Mark Anthony and Patrisse drive over there (they now live 45 minutes away in Central LA in... (full context)
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...to the hospital. Since Monte responds better to men, they call in more male support. Mark Anthony and the other men calmly convince Monte to go to the hospital, telling him they... (full context)
Chapter 9: No Ordinary Love
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Back in high school, Mark Anthony and Patrisse first connect over Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled. The film is about a Black... (full context)
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All of the Black juniors in the humanities program come to the screening, including Mark Anthony . The room is silent afterward; the students absorb the pain rather than the satire.... (full context)
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After this day, Patrisse and Mark Anthony form a deep friendship not based on sex. Patrisse is still dating Cheyenne, though they... (full context)
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...is compounded when, out of the blue that summer after graduation, she doesn’t hear from Mark Anthony for two weeks. She writes him a long letter and gives it to his brother.... (full context)
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When Patrisse and Mark Anthony , meet up, Patrisse looks different—she has a shaved head and a new tattoo, physically... (full context)
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After this, Patrisse and Mark Anthony start dating, though it is non-sexual and non-monogamous. The other people they date have to... (full context)
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...in Black neighborhoods, racist media, and bogus arrests. In the face of this, Patrisse and Mark Anthony are committed to a different way of life, including being platonic and radically honest. They... (full context)
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Mark Anthony ’s abandonment is not as painful as the first time, and Patrisse soon starts dating... (full context)
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...she be destined to be with a man? Ifa also has some heteronormative aspects. Still, Mark Anthony tells her that they always knew it would come to this. Patrisse breaks up with... (full context)
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Patrisse and Mark Anthony move into a cabin in Topanga Canyon, the place where she learns that Gabriel has... (full context)
Chapter 11: Black Lives Matter
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On July 13, 2013—the day of Trayvon’s killer’s trial—Patrisse drives 11 hours with Mark Anthony and a few of their friends to visit Richie, an 18-year-old who is serving a... (full context)
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The programming Patrisse and Mark Anthony ran at Cleveland was about elevating students’ humanity. They sat in circle with the boys,... (full context)
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Patrisse, Mark Anthony , and Richie’s friends sit with Richie in the prison visiting room and talk about... (full context)
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...about Trayvon is because of the Dream Defenders and Al Sharpton. Against all odds, Patrisse, Mark Anthony , Richie’s friends, and Richie hold onto hope. The visit with Richie ends, and they... (full context)
Chapter 12: Raid
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Patrisse and Mark Anthony lived for a time in St. Elmo’s, a community started by a Black artist and... (full context)
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...summer 2013, and police helicopters are flying above Patrisse’s cottage in St. Elmo’s. Patrisse and Mark Anthony have two cottages there and have used them to help Monte heal. Lately, Dignity and... (full context)
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...Elmo’s was in February 2013. Patrisse got home from a late-night comedy show and found Mark Anthony handcuffed outside and in pajamas. Before this, no one locked their doors in St. Elmo’s,... (full context)
Chapter 14: #SayHerName
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...Darnell describes how he knows, even as a gay man, that he is prioritized. Meanwhile, Mark Anthony and others have turned the church basement into a healing space, where protestors can access... (full context)
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...expertise and hundreds of organizers across the globe join biweekly calls. Meanwhile, Patrisse’s relationship with Mark Anthony is changing. She learned from Cherice that love is best expressed through labor rather than... (full context)
Chapter 15: Black Futures
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...get married in Malibu. (After the immigration challenges, they decided to have their wedding sooner.) Mark Anthony is among the 20 loved ones present and tells Patrisse how happy he is for... (full context)