Jabari Burton, African American descent. 19 years old 5’9” approximately 160 lbs.
Living at home, Jabari had been an average student in school and had managed to stay out of fights for the most part. He was an only child to a marriage that lasted only two years of his life. Raised by his mother, LaQuita, who was adamant about raising him to be a productive member of society, unlike his father who had been in and out of prison for various crimes.
Jabari loved his father regardless to his mother’s disdain for him and his father’s side of the family. Jabari was forbidden to associate with his kin on that side of the family as they were always in some kind of trouble and had no productive jobs or legal enterprises.
Jabari respected, for the most part, his mother’s wishes, but still felt a fond kinship for his cousins. Regardless to their deplorable lifestyle, they always seemed to have money, not a lot, but they did have pleasant creature comforts. Jabari saw clearly that the high road his mother promoted was the best way to go, however, there was a recessed longing to participate, even if only on the edges or even as a spoof, in the lifestyle of his cousins.
Jabari was drawn to computer technology. He seemed to have an aptitude for it. He also gravitated toward the geeky appearance that seemed attached to this discipline. It had become his identity. While he instinctively knew this persona was who he really was, he coveted the attraction girls had for the guys with the gangster edge. While the girls he liked, liked the guys with the gangster edge, he seemed to like girls with a little edge of “hoochie mamma”, but these girls never gave him the time of day. He knew that one day when he was making a significant income in computer technology, all the girls would come running, but today loneliness stared him in his geeky, broke face.
Jabari had the ability to miss classes and make up at the last minute to clear the test with a passing grade. He would go to science fiction movies at the theater and play video games. He felt like this was an extension of his education. Jabari was recently fired from a part time job at a fast food restaurant for not showing up to work. He really didn’t expect to get fired and this put him in a major bind whereby he was now behind in the payment plan for his college fees. He knew where he could get the money, though it would probably cost him his peace with his mother, if she found out. Much like when he had been arrested for breaking and entering with his cousin Ray-Ray. Ray-Ray got his back and covered for him which exonerated Jabari, who had reluctantly been doing a favor for Ray-Ray with his participation in this crime. But LaQuita (his mom) was livid for months about it.
Jabari generally listened to techno music. He liked rap but didn’t enjoy listening to it regularly. For him it didn’t provide a positive and productive vibe. The techno music seemed to provide the atmosphere of science and the future. The rap presented the angry, the struggling and the stuck, but it was the music of the ladies that he was drawn to.
Jabari was still a virgin, though he never confessed it to anyone. He believed that this would render him less than a man among even his geeky peers and most certainly his cousins and father. In the culture of his father’s side of the family, manhood is directly related to the penis and the man’s ability to use it a lot and with as many women as possible. Jabari’s mother provided a healthy counter to this male identity, however, she was a woman, he needed to hear this from male support, and it was absent. He followed his mother’s social culture because somehow, he knew it was right, but it was countered by all of the male role models in his life.
Jabari had never been exposed to guns, knew nothing about them and was generally afraid of them.
Jabari had White and Black friends, geeky like himself. He had bought into the belief that all White people had an extra measure of geekiness and were actually punks like him. He identified with this geeky, punky nature, it was like home.