Lies We Tell Ourselves Quotes

Talley, Robin
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We’ve all walked past Jefferson a thousand times before, but this will be the first time any of us steps inside. Until today, those big wooden doors might as well have been triple-locked, and we didn’t have the key.
-- Sarah Dunbar (Narrator) (Lie 1)

Importance: Sarah’s observation of the manner in which black people are barred from attending the same institutions as whites illustrates the magnitude of integration in this context. Sarah and her peers have had to tolerate the poorer conditions of their segregated facilities for years, and now the legal ability to attend Jefferson High School alongside white students is a powerful step toward achieving equal rights.

What does this girl Judy think she’s doing, sitting down next to me? She moved away from my desk in Math, so I don’t know why she thinks it’s safe to be near me now.
-- Sarah Dunbar (Narrator) (Lie 3)

Importance: Sarah illustrates the way that her...

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