Cherie reflects on her group of friends from Oakland High. So many have gotten into trouble and have been sent away like Richard, and a few are even serving real time in state prison. Some are dead, like Skeet, and others are pregnant. None of them is going to graduate, it appears. “It’s just a sad story,” Cherie says. “When you think about it, it’s just hella sad.”
Cherie’s story is “hella sad,” and by telling it, Slater hopes to right the social wrongs that have led to this unfortunate reality. The more people who are aware of Cherie’s story, the better the chances that these social injustices can be addressed and resolved.