Dealers and Cops
Richard Price, 593
Richard Price made it clear in Clockers that he really knows about dealers and cops in many ways possible that are expressed in this book.
Price describes the dealers perfectly in this book that a person can imagine them on how they look and how they act. Dealers in this book are described as, “crack addicts, ripped jeans, and beanies in this streets of New Jersey (147).” In Clockers, dealers were the ones who made trouble in the “silent” neighborhood while others thought it was just a daily thing a person goes through and those people see dealers selling and doing things they should not be doing. Price knew that dealers were corrupt and he knew that they are the ones who change peoples lives with a bags they carry so other can buy “goods”. Price's purpose of knowing so much about dealers is because he himself grew up and knew someone who was a dealer and he lived in that time frame, “I know that this is Rocco's street, but I am the one who owns and sells everything that's mine. Keep going or stop trying (162).”
Richard Price knew about cops a lot because Price recently studied about cops before writing this book and he wanted to get to know cops. Cops in this book are expressed as people who hate crack dealers and hate people who work and live on the street like Rocco. Richard Price explains that cops are the reason in this book that dealers are not stopped because “there are bad cops who just go to the bar and get drunk (156)”. Richard Price makes it clear that cops are morons who just wear the title to prove that they are the boss or something and he said that the “Police are here to get in, make money, act like they are serving others, and get out (170).”
Price's life around him effects on how he thinks about the cops and dealers that are living today and he know a lot more about them as he started to write about these books.