“Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.”

 

“Williamson Starr doesn’t use slang—if a rapper would say it, she doesn’t say it, even if her white friends do. Slang makes them cool. Slang makes her ‘hood.'”

 

“Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people’s lives too. Saving them from their “wild African ways.” Same shit, different century. I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving.”

 

“His son lost everything because he was trying to do his job and protect himself. His life matters too, you know?”

“Are you serious right now?” Hailey asks. “What’s wrong with saying his [the police officer who killed Khalil] life matters too?”

“His life always matters more!” My voice is gruff, and my throat is tight. “That’s the problem!”“Oh my God,” she says, standing up.

“Here we go again. I am not gonna stay here and let you accuse me of something, Starr—”

“Do you hear her?” Hailey says to Maya. “Once again, calling me racist.”

“I’m not calling you anything. I’m asking a question and giving you examples.”

“You’re insinuating!”

“I never even mentioned race.”

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Dr. Mica McGriggs and Miguel review the movie, “The Hate You Give”

 

 

Miguel is a Guatemalan-American Mormon living in the Northwest with his family. He is one of the proprietors of the Rational Faiths blog.

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