What kind of car does Bob drive and why is it important?

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caitlinm3 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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In this book Bob drives a Buick Roadmaster. This is important in this book that is about racial profiling, discrimination, and status. Bob says, "My car was proof of something to me, a symbol." Bob would rather lose his job than his car. His car is a sign to himself, and to others, that he is of value. Bob has to live in fear of his life and stand tall against all odds just because he is a black man. All Bob wants is to be respected and viewed as a human being. Having a car is something that pushes Bob towards a higher status and shows other people that he is an educated black man with a good job. Bob works hard in life and wants the same treatment the white people receive around him. He is human.

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