Highlights from You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

Cover of You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Highlights from this book

  • It’s not easy, but I’m not easy, so we match.

  • Blackness is not a monolith. There’s nerdy black, jock black, manic pixie dream black, sassy black, shy black, conscious black, hipster black...the list goes on and on. But some people don’t want to believe that, because if varying degrees of blackness become normalized, then that means society has to rethink how they treat black people.

  • coded language—which is language that, on the surface, seems to mean one thing to the average person but has a different, often pejorative, meaning to the person or group of people being talked about...

  • Do everything you intend to do with no regard for how people want you or expect you to behave.