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454 pages, Hardcover
First published February 28, 2017
“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
“A hairbrush is not a gun.”
“You can destroy wood and brick, but you can't destroy a movement.”
The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen—people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.
Maybe this can be it.
I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.
Momma reaches her fork onto my plate and breaks off a piece of pancake. “What is Tumblr anyway? Is it like Facebook?”
“No, and you’re forbidden to get one. No parents allowed. You guys already took over Facebook.”
“You haven’t responded to my friend request yet.”
“I need Candy Crush lives.”
“That’s why I’ll never respond.”
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”
“He was more than any bad decision he made.”
“Don’t let them put words in your mouth. God gave you a brain. You don’t need theirs.”
I was not emotionally prepared for this book.
Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.
What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
// buddy read with the actual sweetest ever