January 24th, 2007 15:02 EST
Fitting In: Teens Perform Skit on Prejudice
PRINCETON, N.J.--Teacher and writer Bob Krech has a new young adult novel out that is receiving much national attention.
Rebound " is about a 17-year-old white boy named Raymond trying to fit into a predominantly black world of high school baseball.
As much as Ray tried to ignore differences, he kept colliding with the notion that race matters.
A speech, skit, and book signing took place at the Barnes & Noble in Princeton at 7pm on Wednesday, January 17th.
In his discourse, Krech gave an example of his own high school gym class, where some students decided to play basketball black on white.
"I thought about why we did that. We were sort of joking about the issue to show that we had a level of trust and a level of friendship where we could play around with that, " he said.
The racist is usually portrayed as the villain, he explained, but in reality it`s much more subtle. "
The Pirate Players, an extracurricular drama group at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, gave the book life by performing skits based on two scenes.
The first skit depicted a conversation between Ray and his friend Walter. Ray found that Walter, although unprejudiced enough to dance with a white girl with Down syndrome, was quite judgmental of Ray`s dancing with a black girl.
In the second skit, Ray has a long chat with the beautiful girl that he is going out with... only to discover that she, too, has holds a bias against black people. He did not expect this from the President of the Multicultural Club.
Max Ildari, a senior who played the part of Ray, said he found that racism isn`t so blatant and obvious. "
Senior Marc Lyons spoke of his own experiences by noting that being African-American in a predominantly white school makes assimilation difficult.
Deandra Simmons, a junior, said: Your skin color doesn`t determine who you are. "
Krech concluded with some words given by the coach in the novel: "you have to ask yourself, despite the consequences, am I ever going to let others define who I am?"
Note: This article was originally written by a contributor who is no longer affiliated with theSOP.