Social Issues (Monster)
The book Monster is mainly based on moral issue that leads to other problems with social conflicts. Miss O'Brien's, Steve’s attorney, suggests to Steve that being young and black could already make the jury assume he is guilty. “They take away your shoelaces and your belt so you can’t kill yourself no matter how bad it is. I guess making you live is part of the punishment.”
This brings up a larger issue with African Americans against discrimination of law enforcement. Whether this is a result due to racism, a large number of crimes committed by blacks, or other factors such as poverty are not mentioned. Miss O'Brien's remark is intended to show the difficulty of persuading jurors to believe Steve and not to judge his personality by his race.
The book includes quotes such as “Steve's individual responsibility is more important than his race.”
I have not had to face this exact issue in my life but I do know others judging you about something that is out of your control can be very frustrating and senseless.