Starr-Starr, you do whatever they tell you to do. Keep your hands visible. Don't make any sudden moves. Only speak when they speak to you. Pg. 20
My parents haven't raised me to fear the police, just to be smart around them. They told me it's not smart to move while a cop has his back to you. Pg 23
Pow! Pow! Pow!
That's not Khalil
It looks more like a mannequin than Khalil in the casket. Pg. 125
Baby, open your eyes
I don't know. My uncle's a cop. I know not all cops are bad. And they risk their lives, you know?. I'm always scares for my uncle. But I'm tired of them assuming. Especially when it comes to black people. Pg. 289
When Starr was twelve her parents had a talk with her about what to do if a cop stopped her. Her and her best friend Khalil was pulled over by a cop due to broken taillight and both of them had a different reactions. Starr wondered if someone had the talk with Khalili.
Has this situation made you fearful of cops? Pg. 289
Maybe or maybe not someone had the talk with Khalil either way Khalil didn't listen, he moved. He opens the driver door while the officer had his back to them. The officer felt threaten and shot and killed Khalil. He assumed Khalil had a gun when all honesty it was a hair brush. Khalil was unarmed.
Everybody wants to talk about how Khalil died, but this isn't about how Khalil died. It's about the fact he lived,Khalil lived! You hear me? Khalil lived! Pg. 412
Starr and her family attends Khalil's funeral. She tells herself she is not seeing Khalil. She did the same thing at their best friend Natasha's funeral when they were young, she reference Khalil and Natasha as a mannequins to deal with pain of seeing their lifeless body.
Others are fighting too, even in the Garden, where sometimes it feels like there's not a lot worth fighting for. Pg.443
People are realizing and shouting and marching and demanding. They're not forgetting. I think that's the most important part. Pg.444
Starr is interviewing with a national news program a week before testifying before the grand jury since she is the only witness to the shooting. She understands that police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They have to maintain public safety and hold accountable for the who breaks the law but reality is no one trusts anyone anymore.
The grand jury has decided not to indict the officer for shooting Khalil. Starr and the community is looking for justice for Khalil. Starr is finding her voice and is having the courage to speak out and defend her best friend. Yes Khalil was put in adult situations and had to make some adult decisions at a very young age. However it doesn't change the fact that he was an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a white officer who assumed that a hairbrush was a gun. She wants people to understand Khalil was a breathing, walking, talking human being
A hairbrush is not a gun! pg. 408
A hairbrush is not a gun!
Starr has learned how important it is to speak up for what she believes in and not forgetting the violence that has occurred. She realizes that fighting for what you believe in will bring change.