“Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies” opens with two black high school students sharing a jail cell. One of them, Tru, has been there more than a few times before. For the other, Marquis, this is a first. Tru talks in black slang, while Marquis speaks in prep-school sentences.
“You talk like a white person, yo,” Tru says.
Not long after, Marquis’ adoptive mom (a white woman) shows up and immediately gets him out. Then she tries to do the same for Tru. When the officer protests, she shoots back: “His mother is clearly doing the best that she can. She’s a single woman, uneducated, living in poverty, working two jobs at minimum wage to make ends meet because she doesn’t have a college education.” (Of course, she’s never met Tru, let alone his mother.)”