This quotation expresses how common police violence is against minorities. Starr's parents have this necessary talk with Starr because she is likely to be pulled over because of her race and where she lives.
"When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me. The usual birds and bees...The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me."
"I'd ask him if he wished he shot me too."
In a tv interview Starr gets to tell her story of the night Khalil was shot. The things she says in the interview are her way of fighting for Khalil's justice.
"If officer Cruise were sitting here," Mrs. Carey says, "what would you say to him?"
I turn to the cops. "I'm sick of this! Just like y'all think all of us are bad because of some people, we think the same about y'all. Until you give us a reason to think otherwise, we'll keep protesting."
In this scene Starr is protesting on the street. The quote expresses how Starr believes that people of her race are discriminated against and treated unfairly by police officers. People of Starr's race are all treated the same and assumed to be something they are not.
In this scene Starr is talking to one of her life-long friends Kenya. Kenya accuses Starr is being embarrassed of her and Garden Heights (the town they live in). Starr used to be embarrassed of her home and friends because she feels sharing her experiences in Garden Heights with the people at her affluent school (Williamson Prep) would cause them to disparage and avoid her. At the end of the book Starr realizes that her home and friends in Garden Heights contribute to who she is.
"Maybe I was ashamed, I admit. "But i'm not anymore."
In this scene Starr is contemplating whether or not she should speak up when people are unintentionally offending her at school. Starr realizes that she should speak up when something is bothering her because her voice is important.
What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?
Williamson Starr doesn't use slang if a rapper would say it, she doesn't say it, even if her white friends do. Slang makes them cool. Slang makes her "hood." Williamson Starr holds her tongue when people piss her off so nobody will think she's the "angry black girl". Williamson Starr is approachable. No stank-eyes, side-eyes, none of that. Williamson Starr is non-confrontational. Basically, Williamson Starr doesn't give anyone a reason to call her ghetto.
This quotation shows that Starr has to be a different person at Williamson Prep to fit in and protect her image.