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- How is passing important in the novel?
- Is there a difference between dark and light black people? Who sees those differences?
- How is Jude identifying or finding her space in the drag group?
- Do we see another version of passing for Reese? What is the difference between the two?
- Where do we see part of the discrimination toward trans people?
- What do you think about men being victims also of patriarchy as they are forced or indoctrinated to be violent to obtain what they want?
- “Your husband lets you come to this place, and what will he say if he finds you in a place like this alone” (not exact quoting) What behaviors do we see here? (Audiobook 37:50 chapter 2)
- “Maybe he likes you,” said Jude’s grandma about Jude’s bully. What do you make of this statement?
- What is the meaning of: “All opportunities vanished when they were seen as a black woman”?
- Why Stella was afraid of Boston and why did she find it challenging to go there?
- Jude was the first of the family to be fully attacked for being black… why?
- What is the implication of a phrase like “dark boy is not good”? What is the prejudice behind that statement even coming from Adele, Derise’s mother?
- Stella’s decision of becoming white was practical? Why?
- Stella passes as white with all the white privileged, but why does she feel like she does not belong?
- Is Kennedy black or not? She said that having a black mother doesn’t make her anything. Is that true? Is she white or is she also just passing?
- Was Kennedy given a set of gifts and privileges for being born white? Would she still have loved herself if she had been born black?
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