"At 14, I vowed to “save it” for marriage, just like my favorite boy band. And like them, I took off my ring years ago — but I’m still not ready to laugh about it."
"Falling in love with Peter Kavinsky—right along with Lara Jean—shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me... I love him—as so many other grown-ass women now do—because I have spent my life falling in and out of love with Peter Kavinskys, just as I was trained to."
"We are a nation constantly being asked to grapple with severe emotional trauma -terror we refuse to name- but unwilling to reconcile our supposed love of freedom with our lust for blood."
"For the rest of my life, I will be fighting for my right, my children’s right and my children’s children’s right to be treated like a human being. We should be further along than this. The list should have stopped growing. Another funeral for another teenager shouldn’t have just come and gone."
"I had been sold a dream that didn’t make room for me or girls like me. And no matter how many times I tried to imagine otherwise, the genre that I loved so much didn’t seem to love me back."
"With her fifteen minutes, Bregoli did what so many white women have done before her: she used her platform to co-opt black aesthetics and capitalize off of them in a way that black women cannot. She took what we bore out of necessity and became what we are rarely able to become: marketable."
"Safety pins are cool and everything. The clever signs and pink hats were super fun. But the true test of allyship is how you answer the call when no one is around to post you on Snapchat. It’s the way you stand up even when the march is over. It’s how you step in, in moments where I just can’t anymore, and take up arms for me."
"I heard someone say once that you traded in your spaceship for 40 acres and a mule."