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: It's the dumb class cuz. It means you too dumb. Jamal
: Man, say it to my face cuz. Andre
: I just did. See what I mean? Dumb?
: No, that don't fly Ma. Erin Gruwell
: First of all I'm not anybody's mother. Andre
: No, that's not what it means. Eva
: It's a sign of respect... for you.
: But to get respect you have to give it. Andre
: Bullshit. Erin Gruwell
: What? Andre
: Why should I give you my respect to you? Because you're a teacher? I don't know you. How do I know you're not a liar standing up there. How do I know you're not a bad person standing up there? I'm not just gonna give you my respect because you're called a teacher. Eva
: White people wanting their respect like its for free.
: Does anyone know Homer's the Odyssey? Andre
: I know Homer the Simpson.
: The evaluation assignment was to grade yourself on the work you're doing. You gave yourself an F. What's that about? Andre
: It's what I feel I deserve, that's all. Erin Gruwell
: Oh really?
] Erin Gruwell
: You know what this is? This is a Fuck You to me and everyone in this class. I don't want excuses. I know what you're up against. We're all of us up against something. So you better make up your mind, because until you have the balls to look me straight in the eye and tell me this is all you deserve, I am not letting you fail. Even if that means coming to your house every night until you finish the work. I see who you are. Do you understand me? I can see you. And you are not failing.
: Justice doesn't mean the bad guy goes to jail, it just means that someone pays for the crime.
: My brother taught me what the life is for a young black man. Pimp, deal, whatever. Learn what colors to wear. Gang banners. You can sell to one corner, but you can't sell another. Learn to be quiet. The wrong word can get you popped.
: She can't even look at me because I look like my dad.
: Lady, stop acting like you tryin' to understand our situation, and just do your little babysitting up there. Erin Gruwell
: That's what you think this is? Marcus
: It ain't nothing else. When I look out in the world I don't see nobody that looks like me with their pockets full unless they're rapping a lyrics or dribbling a ball, so what else you got in here for me? Erin Gruwell
: And what if you can't rap a lyric or dribble a ball? Andre
: It ain't this. Marcus
: I know that's right. Erin Gruwell
: And you all think you're gonna make it to graduation like this? Andre
: I made it to HIGH school ain't nobody stop me. Marcus
: Lady I'm lucky if I make it to 18, we in a war! We graduating every day we live because we ain't afraid to die, protecting our own. At least when you die for your own, you die with respect, you die a warrior.