“You shouldn’t have to be a model student to avoid being body slammed by a school officer.”
“Savor your own existence when you can.”
I’m African-American, and my great-grandmother was Chickasaw.
Learning to be myself, unapologetically.
Being “well-spoken” and “acting white” doesn’t protect me.
Unlearning my own anti-blackness.
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