“After several minutes of opening the wrong doors and bumping into people who hit me or called me names, I was in tears, ready to give up, paralyzed by my fear.” (Patillo 77)
"All we saw was her wavering as though she were trying to balance herself--and ten tray went flying. spilling chili all over two of the boys" (Patillo 149).
"They're hangin' a n*****, just like we're gonna hang you" (Student 120)
Melba gets treated like she's an animal and gets physical abuse from white people.
Minnijean faces tormenting bullies at school who call her racist names and trip her. She loses her balance and dumps her chili all over her attackers.
Melba and the other African-American students faces verbal abuse and threats from other fellow white students in and out of school.
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