*Should I tell them the real reason I am feeling so down? Or will they judge me for being "ghetto"?*
"She must be dealing with boy problems!"
Black community vs. The Police. Even at a young age, Starr is taught how to behave around police, especially as a black individual. "I've seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black." (Thomas 34).
Starr vs. Race. Being black, Starr has a different struggle than her white friends, who will never understand her problems. so she keeps them to herself most of the time. "Funny how it works with white kids though. It's dope to be black until it's hard to be black." (Thomas 11).
Children vs. Society. The innocence of children in this novel's society is corrupted at a very young age. Gang violence is just one example of the types of dangers Starr faces in her society."We were ten, we didn't know what happened after you died...and she was forced to find out, even if she didn't wanna find out." (Thomas 29).