Teacher and Coach,
who was just 16 years old, had blonde hair, blue eyes; who's father was an older black man, and was born in a small Texas town where racism was far from gone.
because others failed to see the value of his life, spoke lies to him about the value of his dream and the source of his worth, and offered short-term contentment in place of long-term achievement.
not because of his choices, skills, talents, or potential, but because of the environment he was born into-- something he had absolutely no control over.
that said he would be less likely to do well in measures of standardized testing or in high school, and less likely to go to college; he would be more likely to be arrested, father a child out of wedlock, and to live a life of poverty.
who early in life decided that statistics wouldn't determine his future...he would.