Definitely a must-read!
When I first googled that Save the Pearls thing the first thing that came up was the book trailer video, and I watched it before I read any blurbs and was like, “uh, is this simple bitch in blackface here?” and then I discovered that “disguising skin tone can defeat racism!!” is basically the protagonist’s story and I wanted to set things on fire.
Exact same thing happened to me. Seriously, “Pearls” and “Coals” - who writes this shit?
Of course, that means all of you all have got to hit the books. I’m just saying. Don’t cheer and then you didn’t do your homework.
Because that’s part of the bargain—America says we will give you opportunity, but you’ve got to earn your success.
You’re competing against young people in Beijing and Bangalore. They’re not hanging out. They’re not playing video games. They’re not watching “Real Housewives.” I’m just saying. It’s a two-way street. You’ve got to earn success.
That wasn’t in my prepared remarks. But I’m just saying.” —President Obama today, keeping it real (via barackobama)