Students in New York walk past mothers protesting school integration on September 13, 1965. (Dick DeMarsico / Library of Congress)
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“I actually had ulcers by ninth grade,” LaVerne Bell-Tolliver, who is black, on going to an all-white middle school in Little Rock in the 1960s.

“This is the genius and the Achilles’ heel of American culture. We … have a strong belief in self-determination and agency, even when our expectations fly in the face of reality,” Katherine Newman, who studies social mobility.

“Not just sunny and bright in a way that makes you want to vomit, but in a way that is hopeful,” —how composer Jeff Richmond describes the tone of one Netflix-comedy score.

(Previous quotes from our sources here.)