Devastating question: ‘Would you rather be homeless or in jail?’

“somebody/anybodysing a black girl’s songbring her outto know herselfto know you ….” Ntozake Shange, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” 1975. The two second-graders I tutor, I’ll call them Tyra and Kory, are little brown, bony-kneed chatterboxes full of sass and giggly energy. Their laughter falls like pebbles into a glass […]