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  • Jessica-HernandezSpeer
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Interpretation

Nanny can say she wants Janie to have a better life than she did, but seems to be setting her up for the same...

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Or if she does speak to them, but they don’t like the way she does it.

Nowadays this is someone “telling you about yourself”

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Divide and conquer

If you make sure people are fighting each other, they are distracted from fighting you. That’s what segregation in the USA was about, too.

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This was the law in our own country up to about 50 years ago.

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Different priorities

I like that Starr’s parents made the choice to spend money on their children’s education rather than a fancy house they couldn’t afford. They...

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That makes us all feel nervous.

When we can’t be our natural selves, it feels uncomfortable.

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Easier said than done.

Once you are in the situation, it’s a lot harder to do what you always say you are going to do.

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Mav reminds me of Miss Moore from “The Lesson”, by Toni Cade Bambara.

In that story, Miss Moore was the only person they knew who'd gotten a college education. She returned to Harlem and made sure that...

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Yes. She feels conflicted.

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A bag of weed.

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It's more that they have to follow orders of the club bosses.

They have nothing against each other personally, but the bosses said they have to settle it this way.

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You would think a bullet in the back of her head would kill her, but it didn't.

I know, unbelievable! But it's true. Sorry for the spoiler, but she survived that.

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She did not betray her father in this moment.

In this moment, the person she betrayed was Khalil, because when Hailey, her bossy white friend, wants to know if she knew Khalil, she...

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Not so much a sin as a bad luck omen…

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He didn’t engage with them, and they didn’t understand that. They understood they were supposed to help him and take care of him, which involves time and talking. But he wasn’t about that anymore.

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It’s good that she realizes this. Now we have to see what she does with the information.

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Well, puberty messes with everyone’s heads, but especially the author’s, since he was brought up so religiously.

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Well, puberty messes with everyone’s heads, but especially the author’s, since he was brought up so religiously.

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Inner freedom, the most important.

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Inner freedom, the most important.

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I feel it's like this with any gift – poetry, music, acting, comedy.

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I feel it's like this with any gift – poetry, music, acting, comedy.

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We know more about addiction now than when Baldwin wrote this…that it's about more than will power, or seeing the beauty in life…

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We know more about addiction now than when Baldwin wrote this…that it's about more than will power, or seeing the beauty in life…

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I don't know what “dicty” means, but I'm going to infer that it has something to do with “dictate”….so, bossy, tyrannical, I think.

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I don't know what “dicty” means, but I'm going to infer that it has something to do with “dictate”….so, bossy, tyrannical, I think.

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This is kind of beautiful.

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This is kind of beautiful.

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That could definitely mess someone up for the rest of his life.

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That could definitely mess someone up for the rest of his life.

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Most pre-colonial cultural groups were POLYTHEISTIC

Meaning that they had multiple gods and goddesses - of the air, the water, sun, moon, fire, etc.

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Most pre-colonial cultural groups were POLYTHEISTIC

Meaning that they had multiple gods and goddesses - of the air, the water, sun, moon, fire, etc.

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They were different cultural groups, with different languages and customs.

Kind of like Indian tribes here in the Americas.

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They were different cultural groups, with different languages and customs.

Kind of like Indian tribes here in the Americas.

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Well, seems like English wasn't the most important thing after all…

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Well, seems like English wasn't the most important thing after all…

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Here is what he looked like:

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Here is what he looked like:

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This is a perfect example of how race is a social construct.

You could see that it was him, but the people looking at the video already had constructed in their mind that this was a...

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This is a perfect example of how race is a social construct.

You could see that it was him, but the people looking at the video already had constructed in their mind that this was a...

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Nooooooooo…..!

So, what does this teach us? You might as well try! All they can say is no. And they might say yes.

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Nooooooooo…..!

So, what does this teach us? You might as well try! All they can say is no. And they might say yes.

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They used divide and conquer.

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It's crazy that you have to submit paperwork on what race you are.

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No wonder he became a chameleon.

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Every anthropology major (like me)has to read about the Khoisan, but I always confused the word with the word “Xhosa”. Now it's clear.

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There's her humor superpower!

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What a painful decision to have to make. And far too many people have to make it every day.

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There it is.

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer

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I'm a member of Generation X. I'm a product (because I was educated here from K through 12), a provider (because I have taught here for 23 years) and a consumer/user (through my children) of the New York City Public Schools. I'm a Pisces. I speak English and Spanish.  

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