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  • Slowly, reluctantly, I turned away and stumbled to my seat. As I sat there, trying to focus on the shorthand book in front of me, I could hear some of the things the crowd was shouting, "Get the n****rs," and "Two, four, six, eight, we ain't gonna integrate." (Pattillo 79).
  • "Two, four, six, eight, we ain't gonna integrate!" 
  • In the article that followed, Minnijean explained the pressure she had mean under at school. Of the other students she said: "They throw rocks, they spill ink on your clothes, and they call you 'n****r' - they bother you every minute (Pattillo 163).
  • Leave the school n****r!
  • A woman stood toe-to-toe with me, not moving. "N!" she shouted in my face again and again. She appeared to be older than my mother. Her face was distorted by rage. "N b. Why don't you go home?" she lashed out at me. "Next thing you'll want to marry one of our children (Pattillo 74).
  • "N b. Why don't you go home? Next thing you'll want to marry one of our children"
  • Melba faces students and people outside the high school bickering about integration, making Melba feeling uncomfortable. She stumbled to her seat hearing the mobs of white people outside saying "Two, four, six, eight, we ain't gonna integrate!"
  • Minnijean, one of the Little Rock Nine explained how white people treated them during school. She talked about how they threw rocks at them and the white calling them racist names just like what happened with Melba and the woman and also the mob bickering about integration outside.
  • Melba stood toe-to-toe with a woman who called her racist names, saying that she might marry one of them (white people).  As well as also asking her why not go home instead of being there. Saying those racist names made Melba felt hurt.
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