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368 pages, ebook
First published September 1, 2020
"They can break, but they can't erase," Gracie says. "They can build, but they can't bury us."
"When I think of a Black community, the first thing that comes to mind—even if I don't want it to—is crime. Drugs. Gangs. Welfare. That's all the news has talked about since I was a kid. Not old people drinking tea. Not complex self-sustaining financial systems that had to be created because racism means being left out to dry."
"One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. . . . The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect men and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth"
“A lot of people don’t even know that they can earn more than their entire life just by moving.”
“What is the proper response to seeing a child arrested? Arrested for something you can’t be sure actually they did even if they found guilty..”
“My hair is grey but my grey matter is still functional enough.”
“People bury the parts of history they don't like, pave it over like African cemeteries beneath Manhattan skyscrapers.”