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[4 of 5] The Hate U Give - Parts 2, 3, & 4 - Sixteen to Twenty-One - by Angie Thomas (2017)

Author: Angie Thomas

“Part 2: Five Weeks After It," "Part 3: Eight Weeks After It," "Part 4: Ten Weeks After It" - "Sixteen to Twenty-One.” The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2017, pp. 280-367.

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PART 2

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FIVE WEEKS AFTER IT

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SIXTEEN

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Ms. Ofrah arranged for me to do an interview with one of the national news programs today—exactly a week before I testify before the grand jury next Monday.

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It’s around six o’clock when the limo that the news program sent arrives. My family’s coming with me. I doubt my brothers will be interviewed, but Seven wants to support me. Sekani claims he does too, but really he’s hoping he’ll get “discovered” somehow with all those cameras around.

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My parents told him about everything. As much as he gets on my nerves, it was sweet when he gave me a handmade card that said “Sorry.” Until I opened it. There was drawing of me crying over Khalil, and I had devil horns. Sekani said he wanted it to be “real.” Little asshole.

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We all head out to the limo. Some neighbors watch curiously from their porches and yards. Momma made all of us, including Daddy, dress up like we’re going to Christ Temple—not quite Easter formal but not “diverse church” casual. She says we’re not gonna have the news people thinking we’re “hood rats.”

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Damian V (Nov 20 2020 6:11AM) : This is shocking since the place they live is not known to have limos in the neighborhood
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jade B (Dec 15 2020 9:32AM) : Chris and Starr are so similar in their values. Yet they light years different culturally.
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So as we’re walking to the car, she’s all, “When we get there, don’t touch anything and only speak when somebody speaks to you. It’s ‘yes, ma’am’ and ‘yes, sir,’ or ‘no, ma’am’ and ‘no, sir.’ Do I make myself clear?”

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“Yes, ma’am,” the three of us say.

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“All right now, Starr,” one of our neighbors calls out. I get that just about every day in the neighborhood now. Word’s spreading around the Garden that I’m the witness. “All right now” is more than a greeting. It’s a simple way people let me know they got my back.

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The best part though? It’s never “All right now, Big Mav’s daughter who works in the store.” It’s always Starr.

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Ville J (Mar 08 2021 10:12AM) : People are beginning to see her as more of an individual, rather than just as "Big Mav's daughter".
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Rumeysa Y (Mar 11 2021 5:22AM) : It's a good thing that she is not known just because of her father. Even if she does people don't say hey look she's Big Mav's daughter but instead they just call Starr.
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We leave in the limo. I drum my fingers on my knee as I watch the neighborhood pass by. I’ve talked to detectives and the DA, and next week I’ll talk to the grand jury. I’ve talked about that night so much I can repeat it back in my sleep. But the whole world will see this.

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My phone vibrates in my blazer pocket. A couple of texts from Chris.

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My mom wants to know what color your prom dress is. Something about the tailor needs to know ASAP.

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Oh, shit. The Junior-Senior Prom is Saturday. I haven’t bought a dress. With all this Khalil stuff, I’m not sure I wanna go. Momma said I need to get my mind off things. I said no. She gave me “the look.”

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So I’m going to the damn prom. This dictatorship she’s on? Not cool. I text Chris back.

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Uh . . . light blue?

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He responds:

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You don’t have a dress yet?

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I’ve got plenty of time, I write back. Just been busy.

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It’s true. Ms. Ofrah prepared me for this interview every day after school. Some days we finished early, and I helped out around Just Us for Justice. Answered phones, passed out flyers, anything they needed me to do. Sometimes I listened in on their staff meetings as they discussed police reform ideas and the importance of telling the community to protest not riot.

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I asked Dr. Davis if Just Us could have a roundtable discussion at Williamson like they do at Garden High. He said he didn’t see the need.

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Chris replies to my prom text:

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Okay, if you say so Btw Vante says sup.

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About to kill him on Madden

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He needs to stop calling me Bieber tho

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After all that “white boy trying to be black” shit DeVante said about Chris, lately he’s at Chris’s house more than I am. Chris invited him over to play Madden, and all of a sudden they’re “bros.” According to DeVante, Chris’s massive video game collection makes up for his whiteness.

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Zuleika M (Nov 17 2020 9:44AM) : its nice that devante and chris are getting along
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Sandeep A (Dec 10 2020 1:10AM) : I agree that is a good things that are getting friend since they live in the same neighborhood
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Damian V (Nov 20 2020 6:28AM) : This is good, at least they are getting along
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Cyrus E (Nov 22 2020 6:55AM) : It's great that they are getting along
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Sandeep A (Dec 14 2020 9:42PM) : This is really good they are getting together as friends now
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Rumeysa Y (Mar 11 2021 5:24AM) : it sounds good that DeVante and Chris are getting along and becoming close/good friends.
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I told DeVante he’s a video game thot. He told me to shut up. We’re cool like that though.

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We arrive at a fancy hotel downtown. A white guy in a hoodie waits under the awning leading up to the door. He has a clipboard under his arm and a Starbucks cup in his hand.

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Still, he somehow manages to open the limo door and shake our hands when we get out. “John, the producer. It’s a pleasure to meet you.” He shakes my hand a second time. “And let me guess, you’re Starr.”

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“Yes, sir.”

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“Thank you so much for having the bravery to do this.”

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There’s that word again. Bravery. Brave peoples’ legs don’t shake. Brave people don’t feel like puking. Brave people sure don’t have to remind themselves how to breathe if they think about that night too hard. If bravery is a medical condition, everybody’s misdiagnosed me.

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Brendaly N (Oct 27 2020 6:31PM) : She feels like her nervous reactions doesn’t make her brave when she’s allowed to be nervous cause she’s in a tough situation
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(Oct 27 2020 6:34PM) : Have you ever been in a similar situation where people see you as stronger than you feel inside?
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Damian V (Nov 20 2020 6:30AM) : She is nervous since she will be talking to the jury and everyone knows that Starr is the witness
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Ville J (Mar 08 2021 10:23AM) : She feels like an imposter, she doesn't feel brave even though everyone is telling her she is.
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Rumeysa Y (Mar 11 2021 5:27AM) : since Starr will be talking to the juries, she doesn't feel brave or strong enough rather she feels like her legs are shaking and she also feels like a somewhat betrayer.
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John leads us through all of these twists and turns, and I’m so glad I’m wearing flats. He can’t stop talking about how important the interview is and how much they wanna get the truth out there. He’s not exactly adding to my “bravery.”

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He takes us to the hotel courtyard, where some camera operators and other show people are setting up. In the middle of the chaos, the interviewer, Diane Carey, is getting her makeup done.

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It’s weird seeing her in the flesh and not as a bunch of pixels on TV. When I was younger, every single time I spent the night at Nana’s house she made me sleep in one of her long-ass nightgowns, say my bedtime prayers for at least five minutes, and watch Diane Carey’s news report so I could be “knowledgeable of the world.”

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“Hi!” Mrs. Carey’s face lights up when she sees us. She comes over, and I gotta give the makeup lady props ’cause she follows her and keeps working like a pro. Mrs. Carey shakes our hands. “Diane. So nice to meet you all. And you must be Starr,” she says to me. “Don’t be nervous. This will simply be a conversation between the two of us.”

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The whole time she talks, some guy snaps photos of us. Yeah, this will be a normal conversation. “Starr, we were thinking we could get shots of you and Diane walking and talking around the

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Brendaly N (Oct 27 2020 6:34PM) : They just want publicity
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courtyard,” John says. “Then we’ll go up to the suite and do the conversations between you and Diane; you, Diane, and Ms. Ofrah; and finally you and your parents. After that, we’ll be all set.”

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One of the production people mics me up as John gives me a rundown of this walk and talk thing. “It’s only a transitional shot,” he says. “Simple stuff.”

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Simple my ass. The first time, I practically power-walk. The second time, I walk like I’m in a funeral processional and can’t answer Mrs. Carey’s questions. I never realized walking and talking required so much coordination.

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Brendaly N (Oct 27 2020 6:35PM) : This is a new experience for her
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Once we get that right, we take an elevator to the top floor. John leads us to a huge suite—seriously, it looks like a penthouse—overlooking downtown. About a dozen people are setting up cameras and lighting. Ms. Ofrah’s there in one of her Khalil shirts and a skirt. John says they’re ready for me.

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I sit in the loveseat across from Mrs. Carey. I’ve never been able to cross my legs, for whatever reason, so that’s out the question. They check my mic, and Mrs. Carey tells me to relax. Soon, the cameras are rolling.

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“Millions of people around the world have heard the name Khalil Harris,” she says, “and they’ve developed their own ideas of who he was. Who was he to you?”

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Damian V (Nov 20 2020 6:33AM) : And just like that, the interview begins
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Owen G (Nov 23 2020 6:45AM) : This is important because Starr now has a platform to tell the world about Khalil as a person, not just as a thug or a drug dealer.

More than he may have ever realized. “One of my best friends,” I say. “We knew each other since we were babies. If he were here, he’d point out that he was five months, two weeks, and three days older than me.” We both chuckle at that. “But that’s who Khalil is—was.”

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Damn. It hurts to correct myself.

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“He was a jokester. Even when things were hard, he’d somehow find some light in it. And he . . .” My voice cracks.

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I know it’s corny, but I think he’s here. His nosy ass would show up to make sure I say the right things. Probably calling me his number one fan or some annoying title that only Khalil can think of.

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I miss that boy.

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“He had a big heart,” I say. “I know that some people call him a thug, but if you knew him, you’d know that wasn’t the case at all. I’m not saying he was an angel or anything, but he wasn’t a bad person. He was a . . .” I shrug. “He was a kid.”

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jade B (Dec 15 2020 9:28AM) : Could the author be implying that everyone wants to look at a situation from a all or nothing perspective. For instance the assumption that everyone thinks he bad cause he dealt drugs. In reality it was a lot more complicated.
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Rumeysa Y (Mar 11 2021 5:32AM) : According to others' assumptions Khalil looks like a bad kid for some reason but when people get to know him, he is just an innocent angel/kid but nothing else. [Edited]
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She nods. “He was a kid.” “He was a kid.”

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“What do you think about people who focus on the not-so-good aspect of him?” she asks. “The fact that he may have sold drugs?”

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Ms. Ofrah once said that this is how I fight, with my voice. So I fight.

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“I hate it,” I say. “If people knew why he sold drugs, they wouldn’t talk about him that way.” Mrs. Carey sits up a little. “Why did he sell them?”

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I glance at Ms. Ofrah, and she shakes her head. During all our prep meetings, she advised me not to go into details about Khalil selling drugs. She said the public doesn’t have to know about that.

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But then I look at the camera, suddenly aware that millions of people will watch this in a few days. King may be one of them. Although his threat is loud in my head, it’s not nearly as loud as what Kenya said that day in the store.

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Khalil would defend me. I should defend him. So I gear up to throw a punch.

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jade B (Dec 15 2020 9:22AM) : This touches on a theme throughout that the kids in this neighborhood have solid values and are morally on high ground in spite of their challenges in their neighborhood
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Ville J (Mar 08 2021 10:30AM) : She thinks throughout the interview as it was a boxing match, where she has to fight with her words.
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Rumeysa Y (Mar 11 2021 9:30AM) : She feels like she should be loyal to Khalil because that's what he would do. Help Starr out because they are friends. She thinks that she owes him
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“Khalil’s mom is a drug addict,” I tell Mrs. Carey. “Anybody who knew him knew how much that bothered him and how much he hated drugs. He only sold them to help her out of a situation with the biggest drug dealer and gang leader in the neighborhood.”

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Damian V (Nov 20 2020 6:38AM) : I wonder if she would get hurt after this, is this considered snitching?
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Ms. Ofrah noticeably sighs. My parents have wide eyes.

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It’s dry snitching, but it’s snitching. Anybody who knows anything about Garden Heights will know exactly who I’m talking about. Hell, if they watch Mr. Lewis’s interview they can figure it out.

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But hey, since King wants to go around the neighborhood lying and saying Khalil repped his set, I can let the world know Khalil was forced to sell drugs for him. “His mom’s life was in danger,” I say. “That’s the only reason he’d ever do something like that. And he wasn’t a gang member—”

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Brendaly N (Oct 27 2020 6:42PM) : She’s willing to stand up for Khalil and clear his name even if it meant snitching on someone dangerous, someone who shouldn’t even be roaming the streets
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“He wasn’t?”

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“No, ma’am. He never wanted to fall into that type of life. But I guess—” I think about DeVante for

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some reason. “I don’t understand how everyone can make it seem like it’s okay he got killed if he was a drug dealer and a gangbanger.”

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A hook straight to the jaw. “The media?” she asks.

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“Yes, ma’am. It seems like they always talk about what he may have said, what he may have done, what he may not have done. I didn’t know a dead person could be charged in his own murder, you know?”

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The moment I say it, I know it’s my jab to the mouth.

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Mrs. Carey asks for my account of that night. I can’t go into a lot of details—Ms. Ofrah told me not to —but I tell her we did everything One-Fifteen asked and never once cussed at him like his father claims. I tell her how afraid I was, how Khalil was so concerned about me that he opened the door and asked if I was okay.

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“So he didn’t make a threat on Officer Cruise’s life?” she questions.

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Rumeysa Y (Mar 11 2021 9:34AM) : I feel like they are almost on a level to charge Khalil in his own murder.
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“No, ma’am. His exact words were, ‘Starr, are you okay?’ That was the last thing he said, and—” I’m ugly crying, describing the moment when the shots rang out and Khalil looked at me for the last time; how I held him in the street and saw his eyes gloss over. I tell her One-Fifteen pointed his gun at me. “He pointed his gun at you?” she asks.

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Damian V (Nov 20 2020 7:06AM) : The truth had everyone shocked
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“Yes, ma’am. He kept it on me until the other officers arrived.”

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Behind the cameras, Momma puts her hand over her mouth. Fury sparks in Daddy’s eyes. Ms. Ofrah looks stunned.

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It’s another jab.

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Julian S (Nov 20 2020 5:57AM) : Starr more

She’s a good speaker. She knows that what she says will help Khalil’s case. When she talks about the “jabs” I think of this interview as a counter to the officer’s dad’s interview, and she is breaking it apart with her words.

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See, I only told Uncle Carlos that part.

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Mrs. Carey gives me Kleenex and a moment to get myself together. “Has this situation made you fearful of cops?” she eventually asks.

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“I don’t know,” I say truthfully. “My uncle’s a cop. I know not all cops are bad. And they risk their lives, you know? I’m always scared for my uncle. But I’m tired of them assuming. Especially when it comes to black people.”

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Brendaly N (Oct 27 2020 6:44PM) : Even though not all cops are bad there are some that are and that’s dangerous in a line of work where they are able to take someone’s life and get away with it
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Sandeep A (Dec 14 2020 9:43PM) : I agree they are only a little among of good cops and a lot of bad cops that are doing the job for a reason not to make the world a better place.
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William S (Nov 19 2020 3:23AM) : This is important because it discusses the assumptions cops make about people
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Amber W (Nov 17 2020 6:20PM) : This is true.
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“You wish that more cops wouldn’t make assumptions about black people?” she clarifies.

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“Right. This all happened because he”—I can’t say his name—“assumed that we were up to no good. Because we’re black and because of where we live. We were just two kids, minding our business, you know? His assumption killed Khalil. It could’ve killed me.”

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Matthew Z (Nov 18 2020 6:55AM) : Purpose more

this shows that assumptions of them was the reason why officer one fiveteen killed khalil

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Damian V (Nov 20 2020 7:25AM) : The statement is very true
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Cyrus E (Nov 22 2020 6:57AM) : This the problem in society with how cops perceive all black people.
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A kick straight to the ribs.

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“If Officer Cruise were sitting here,” Mrs. Carey says, “what would you say to him?”

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I blink several times. My mouth waters, but I swallow. No way I’m gonna let myself cry or throw up from thinking about that man.

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If he were sitting here, I don’t have enough Black Jesus in me to tell him I forgive him. Instead I’d probably punch him. Straight up.

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But Ms. Ofrah says this interview is the way I fight. When you fight, you put yourself out there, not caring who you hurt or if you’ll get hurt.

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So I throw one more blow, right at One-Fifteen. “I’d ask him if he wished he shot me too.”

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Brendaly N (Oct 27 2020 6:45PM) : She’’d ask this because now she’s letting the truth out and this could hurt his reputation and cost him his job
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Zuleika M (Nov 17 2020 9:53AM) : she had to do that
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Sandeep A (Dec 14 2020 9:45PM) : I agree with her she had two do it she didn''t have a option
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Ammaar k (Nov 20 2020 6:59AM) : thoughts more

know that the truth is coming outs he wants to know whether or nor he would have shot her too

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SEVENTEEN

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My interview aired yesterday on Diane Carey’s Friday Night News Special. This morning, John the producer called and said it’s one of the most-watched interviews in the network’s history.

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A millionaire, who wishes to remain anonymous, offered to pay my college tuition. John said the offer was made right after the interview aired. I think it’s Oprah, but that’s just me because I’ve always imagined she’s my fairy godmother and one day she’ll come to my house saying, “You get a car!”

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Mazda N (Nov 17 2020 5:26PM) : Summary more

Her interview got so popular to the point where people are basically offering her money.

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Damian V (Nov 22 2020 5:32AM) : This a good offer! I wonder if she accepts it?
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The network’s already got a bunch of emails in support of me. I haven’t seen any of them, but I received the best message in a text from Kenya.

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Bout time you spoke out.

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Don’t let this fame go to your head tho.

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The interview trended online. When I looked this morning, people were still talking about it. Black Twitter and Tumblr have my back. Some assholes want me dead.

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Matthew Z (Nov 18 2020 7:02AM) : connection more

I think she will be in a similar situation like Mr Lewis when he spoke out about garden heights

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King’s not too happy either. Kenya told me he’s heated that I dry snitched.

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Damian V (Nov 22 2020 5:33AM) : I wonder what will King do Starr since she "snitched"?
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Sandeep A (Dec 14 2020 9:46PM) : I want to know what happened to Starr because she snitched the first rules are to not snitch ever on anyone.
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The Saturday news programs discussed the interview too, dissecting my words like I’m the president or something. This one network is outraged by my “disregard for cops.” I’m not sure how they got that out the interview. It’s not like I was on some NWA “Fuck the Police” type shit. I simply said I’d ask the man if he wished he shot me too.

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Julian S (Nov 20 2020 5:59AM) : Foreshadows what happens later in the riots
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I don’t care. I’m not apologizing for how I feel. People can say what they want.

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But it’s Saturday, and I’m sitting in a Rolls-Royce on my way to prom with a boyfriend who isn’t saying much of anything to me. Chris is more interested in his phone.

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“You look nice,” I tell him. Which he does. His black tux with a light-blue vest and tie match the strapless tea-length gown I have on. His black leather Chuck Taylors are also a good match to my silver sequined ones. The dictator, a.k.a. my mom, bought my outfit. She has pretty good taste.

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Chris says, “Thanks. You too,” but it’s so robotic, like he’s saying what he’s supposed to and not what he wants to. And how does he know what I look like? He’s barely looked at me since he picked me up from Uncle Carlos’s house.

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I have no clue what’s wrong with him. Things have been fine between us, as far as I know. Now, out of nowhere, he’s all moody and silent. I would ask the driver to take me back to Uncle Carlos’s, but I look too cute to go home.

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The driveway at the country club is lit with blue lights, and golden balloon arches hang over it. We’re in the only Rolls-Royce among a sea of limos, so of course people look when we pull up to the entrance.

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The driver opens the door for us. Mr. Silent climbs out first and actually helps me out. Our classmates whoop and cheer and whistle. Chris wraps his arm around my waist, and we smile for pictures like everything’s all good. Chris takes my hand and wordlessly escorts me inside.

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Loud music greets us. Chandeliers and flashing party lights light up the ballroom. Some committee decided the theme should be Midnight in Paris, so there’s a huge Eiffel Tower made out of Christmas lights. Looks like just about every junior and senior at Williamson is on the dance floor.

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Amber W (Nov 17 2020 6:17PM) : This is good imagery.
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Let me say it. A Garden Heights party and a Williamson party are two very different things. At Big D’s party, people Nae-Naed, Hit the Quan, twerked and stuff. At prom, I honestly don’t know what the hell some of them are doing. Lots of jumping and fist pumping and attempts at twerking. It’s not bad. Just different. Way different.

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Matthew Z (Nov 18 2020 7:07AM) : compare and contrast more

Starr is comparing the party at Williamson to the party at Garden Heights which are way different.

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It’s weird though—I’m not as hesitant to dance here as I was at Big D’s party. Like I said, at Williamson I’m cool by default because I’m black. I can go out there and do a silly dance move I made up, and everyone will think it’s the new thing. White people assume all black people are experts on trends and shit. There’s no way in hell I’d try that at a Garden Heights party though. You make a fool of yourself one time, and that’s it. Everybody in the neighborhood will know and nobody will forget.

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Eric G (Nov 17 2020 2:10AM) : Purpose more

Another example of how Starr at Williamson and Garden Heights are different; she lives 2 lives that she can change instantly

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Ammaar k (Nov 20 2020 7:04AM) : thoughts more

she has to be cautious of how she acts in garden heights and its different in Williamson

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Sandeep A (Dec 14 2020 9:48PM) : I agree you have to care full when you are in the other neighborhood you have different rules and have to care full by some people.
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Damian V (Nov 22 2020 5:54AM) : Seems she has to be two different people, different people are around, different backgrounds and I guess more innocents people at Williamson
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In Garden Heights, I learn how to be dope by watching. At Williamson, I put my learned dopeness on display. I’m not even that dope, but these white kids think I am and that goes a long way in high school politics.

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I start to ask Chris if he wants to dance, but he lets my hand go and heads toward some of his boys. Why did I come to prom again?

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“Starr!” somebody calls. I look around a couple of times and finally spot Maya waving at me from a table.

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“Girl-lee!” she says when I get there. “You look good! I know Chris went crazy when he saw you.” No. He nearly drove me crazy. “Thanks,” I say, and give her a once-over. She’s wearing a pink knee-length strapless dress. A pair of sparkly silver stilettos gives her about five more inches of height. I applaud her for making it this far in them. I hate heels. “But if anybody’s looking good tonight, it’s you. You clean up nice, Shorty.”

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“Don’t call me that. Especially since She Who Must Not Be Named gave me that nickname.” Damn. She Voldemorted Hailey. “Maya, you don’t have to take sides, you know.”

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“She’s the one not speaking to us, remember?”

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Hailey’s been on some silent treatment shit since the incident at Maya’s house. I mean damn, I call you out on something, so I’m wrong and deserve the cold shoulder? Nah, she’s not guilt-tripping me like that. And when Maya admitted to Hailey that she told me why Hailey unfollowed my Tumblr, Hailey stopped speaking to Maya, claiming she won’t talk to either of us until we apologize. She’s not used to both of us turning on her like this.

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Whatever. She and Chris can form a club for all I care. Call it the Silent Treatment League of Young, Rich Brats.

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I’m in my feelings just a tad. I hate that Maya got pulled into it though. “Maya, I’m sorry—”

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“No need,” she says. “Don’t know if I told you, but I brought up the cat thing to her. After I told her about Tumblr.”

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“Really?”

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“Yeah. And she told me to get over it.” Maya shakes her head. “I’m still mad at myself for letting her say it in the first place.”

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“Yeah. I’m mad at myself too.” We get quiet.

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Maya nudges my side. “Hey. We minorities have to stick together, remember?” I chuckle. “Okay, okay. Where’s Ryan?”

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Brendaly N (Oct 27 2020 6:53PM) : Their able to relate more to each other because they go through similar situations of discrimination
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“Getting some snacks. He looks good tonight, if I say so myself. Where’s your guy?” “Don’t know,” I say. And don’t care at the moment.

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The beautiful thing about best friends? They can tell when you don’t wanna talk, and they don’t push it. Maya hooks her arm through mine. “C’mon. I did not get dressed up to stand around.”

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We head for the dance floor and jump and fist-pump along with the rest of them. Maya takes those heels off and barefoots it. Jess, Britt, and some of the other girls from the team join us, and we make our own little dancing circle. We lose our minds when my cousin-through-marriage, Beyoncé, comes on. (I swear I’m related to Jay-Z somehow. Same last name—we have to be.)

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Julian S (Nov 20 2020 7:34AM) : Music more

This book has a lot of music references, I think the author did this on purpose to appeal to younger people and make things relatable. Also the author is right in that music often has a lot of meaning behind the words. It’s like poetry.

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We sing loudly with Cousin Bey until we almost go hoarse, and Maya and I are really into it. I may not have Khalil, Natasha, or even Hailey, but I have Maya. She’s enough.

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After six songs, we head back to our table, our arms draped around each other. I carry one of Maya’s shoes, and the other one dangles from her wrist by the strap.

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“Did you see Mr. Warren do the robot?” Maya asks between laughs. “Did I? I didn’t know he had it in him.”

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Maya stops. She looks around without looking at anything at all. “Don’t look, but look to the left,” she mutters.

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“The hell? Which one is it?”

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“Look to the left,” she says through her teeth. “But quickly.”

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Hailey and Luke are arm in arm in the entrance, posing for pictures, and I can’t even throw shade— with her gold-and-white dress and his white tux, they’re cute. I mean, just ’cause we’ve got beef doesn’t mean I can’t compliment her, you know? I’m even happy she’s with Luke. It took long enough.

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Hailey and Luke walk in our direction but brush right past us, her shoulder a couple of inches away from mine. She flashes us stank-eye. This chick. I probably shoot one back. Sometimes I give stank-eyes and don’t realize I’m giving them.

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“Yeah, that’s right,” Maya says to Hailey’s back. “You better keep walking.”

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Lord. Maya can go from zero to one hundred a little too quick. “Let’s get something to drink,” I say, pulling her with me. “Before you hurt yourself.”

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We get some punch and join Ryan at our table. He’s stuffing his face with finger sandwiches and meatballs, crumbs falling onto his tux. “Where y’all been?” he asks.

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“Dancing,” Maya says. She steals one of his shrimp. “You didn’t eat all day, did you?” “Nope. I was about to starve to death.” He nods at me. “What’s up, Black Girlfriend?”

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We joke around about that whole “only two black kids in the class are supposed to date” thing. “What’s up, Black Boyfriend?” I say, and I steal a shrimp too.

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What do you know, Chris remembers he came with somebody and walks over to our table. He says hey to Maya and Ryan, then asks me, “You wanna take pictures or something?”

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His tone is all robotic again. On a scale of one to ten on the “I’m done” meter, I’m at about fifty. “No thanks,” I tell him. “I’m not taking pictures with somebody who doesn’t wanna be here with me.”

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He sighs. “Why do you have to have an attitude?” “Me? You’re the one giving me the cold shoulder.”

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“Dammit, Starr! Do you wanna take a fucking picture or not?”

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The “done” meter blows up. Ka-boom. Blown to pieces. “Hell no. Go take one and shove it up your ass.”

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I march off, ignoring Maya’s calls for me to come back. Chris follows me. He tries to grab my arm, but I snatch away and keep walking. It’s dark outside, but I easily find the Rolls-Royce parked along the driveway. The chauffeur isn’t around, or otherwise I would ask him to take me home. I hop in the back and lock the doors.

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Chris knocks on the window. “Starr, c’mon.” He puts his hands against the window like they’re binoculars and he’s trying to look through the tint. “Can we talk?”

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“Oh, now you wanna talk to me?”

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“You’re the one who wouldn’t talk to me!” He bows his head, pressing his forehead against the glass. “Why didn’t you tell me you were the witness they’ve been talking about?”

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He asks it softly, but it’s hard as a sucker punch in the gut. He knows.

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I unlock the door and scoot over. Chris climbs in next to me. “How did you find out?” I ask.

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“The interview. Watched it with my parents.” “They didn’t show my face though.”

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“I knew your voice, Starr. And then they showed the back of you as you walked with that interview lady, and I’ve watched you walk away enough to know what you look like from the back, and . . . I sound like a pervert, don’t I?”

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“So you knew me by my ass?”

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“I . . . yeah.” His face goes red. “But that wasn’t all. Everything made sense, like how upset you got about the protest and about Khalil. Not that that wasn’t stuff to get upset about, ’cause it was, but it—” He sighs. “I’m sinking here, Starr. I just knew it was you. And it was, wasn’t it?”

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I nod.

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“Babe, you should’ve told me. Why would you keep something like that from me?”

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I tilt my head. “Wow. I saw someone get murdered, and you’re acting like a brat ’cause I didn’t tell you?”

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“I didn’t mean it like that.”

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“But you think about that for a second,” I say. “Tonight you could hardly say two words to me because I didn’t tell you about one of the worst experiences of my life. You ever seen somebody die?”

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“No.”

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“I’ve seen it twice.”

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“And I didn’t know that!” he says. “I’m your boyfriend, and I didn’t know any of that.” He looks at me, the same hurt in his eyes like there was when I snatched my hands away weeks ago. “There’s this whole part of your life that you’ve kept from me, Starr. We’ve been together over a year now, and you’ve never mentioned Khalil, who you claim was your best friend, or this other person you saw die. You didn’t trust me enough to tell me.”

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