As they were walking to school, Little Man was confused to why the white kids had buses but they didn't. The whites on the bus laughed at them when they drove by, getting them all dusty.
In school, Little Man and Cassie refused to take the books that were already worn out and disgarded by the white kids.
The teacher told Little Man and Cassie's mom, who was also a teacher, about them refusing to take the books because all of the kids before them that used it were white. Their mother understood that just because of their skin color, they shouldn't get the white kids scraps. Instead of yelling at her children, she just glued a piece of paper over the user log to cover the names and race of the kids who had it before them.