Why did the author include the basketball scene in chapter 2 of The Other Wes Moore? What was his overall point?

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In chapter 2 the author, Wes Moore , heads out to a local basketball court in the Bronx where he likes to play against some of the older boys. Those who regularly show up at the court present a microcosm of life in this neck of the woods. It's not just street kids and drug dealers who congregate here but also straight-A students who just want to hang out to look...

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