Against the Grain

Lives Changed, Justice Elusive

In November 2013, an African American teenager set the skirt of an agender youth on fire. Sasha was badly burned; Richard was arrested. Dashka Slater’s account of the incident, the two students and their parents, and the criminal prosecution of Richard raises important questions about class, race, gender identity, and, not least, justice – what it entails and how it might have been enacted in Richard’s case.

Dashka Slater, The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017

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