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I’m not going back to jail for youThe policethey used to tickle methey used to come in the doorlaughing at methey said Miz Tompkinsyou get paranoid nowI saidyou damn right I doI saidI’m not going to let you guyslock me back upbecauseif I ‹nd that little boyI might just do him like thatand it’s going to be over between him and meI won’t be his momma no moreI’ll let you guys run the showsince you got my life in your handsyou run this showI will let the police go look for this little runaway boylet them get paidthe taxpayers are paying them moneyfor them to do a joblet them work it outEvery ten daysI was calling the policeI’m Mariana TompkinsI’m looking for my sonThey sayoh here she come again.Somedays Tay would not go to schoolhe would leave herewith his bookbagthrow his bookbag in the busheshe would be missing from school154BAD BOYSFerguson, Ann Arnett. Bad Boys : Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity, University of Michigan Press, 2000.ProQuest Ebook Central, .Created from depaul on 2020-02-17 14:39:56.Copyright © 2000. University of Michigan Press. All rights reserved.
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they would call meI was going to job trainingthey call me as soon as I walk in that doorat 9 o’clockMariana, Donte teacher callI sayoh my godwhat is it now!And I’d just start boo hooingI cried all the timeI was so littleI had lost so much weightI saidwhat is it now?Teacher say, call the schooland I sayI don’t want to knowI don’t want to knowI don’t want to knowI wouldn’t callI would sit thereand get my booksmy bookswould be soaking wetfrom tearsteacher she saycall the schoolI don’t want to knowI ask Petrathat’s one of the teachers thereI sayPetra would you call the school for me?She sayI think you shouldthat made me thinksomething badhad happened to my childMOTHERING155Ferguson, Ann Arnett. Bad Boys : Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity, University of Michigan Press, 2000.ProQuest Ebook Central, .Created from depaul on 2020-02-17 14:39:56.Copyright © 2000. University of Michigan Press. All rights reserved.
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xiii.the searchthe school they saidDonte didn’t show upfor schoolthis morningI left schoolcome homeput my tennis shoes onmy sweat pantsmy sweatshirtget on my feetI walked ‹fty to sixty blockslooking for my sonI asked the little kids in schoolwhich direction did my son go?I would go down these streetshoping to ‹nd himNo luckI gave upI came homecalled the policethey found himthey found him on the playgroundit was raining that dayHe was soaking wetsaid he had been on the playgroundall dayI found that very hard to believeI asked himwhy would you sit on the playground?
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