- Audrey Lyons
I think everyone struggles with appearances. In a general perspective, people of color struggle with not being able to be themselves or wear what they want because of fear of their appearance. If people of color act themselves, whether that be quiet or loud, or wear what others wear, whether that be a crop top or sweatpants, the rest of the world often views them in a stereotypical and unfair way. Therefore, people of color are forced into a box to keep who they really are hidden in order to appeal to those around them and ultimately survive. However, there is also a personal perspective to appearances. People of color or minorities in general sometimes stereotype and trap themselves into what others think of them to avoid judgement. However, to stop the perpetual stereotype, those being stereotyped should be confident and comfortable acting themselves, wearing what they like, and viewing themselves as equal to everyone else. I do not think we always have to struggle with appearances. Others need to become accepting and you have to be confident in who you are and what you want to represent.
- Esosa Ediae
Through Jade we all learn to appreciate others talents and to use them for good. Lastly, we learn that we must use each opportunity given to us even if it is not what we originally had hoped for. Our community could learn many lessons through this book that are relevant to our daily lives.
- Maddie Klapinsky
In real life now, there are a lot of people who are avoiding the “uncomfortable conversations” that really do need to be had. Racism is real. If someone were to get offended by something you didn’t find offensive, it is important to learn how a saying or an action may be offensive to someone else.
- Sydney Williams