Courtney: I want to be a good ally. I want to be a good person. I thought I was. I feel like I just keep putting my foot in my mouth. I feel like I don’t know anything.
Nova: You’re feeling all the right things. Look at me. Never feel satisfied. Never feel that you know it all. Stay uncomfortable. Stay pushing yourself. Stay asking questions, stay listening. Stay trying. That’s what it means to be a good ally, a good person.

So tomorrow, Blue, we’re marching so that what happened to Mr. Floyd doesn’t happen to anyone else, especially people who look like us.

Darla

Darla: He’s 10. His world has to be better than this, and always. We have to make sure that happens, okay?
Ralph Angel: Always.

Ain’t nobody okay right now, truth be known. And Hollywood, he’s in a bad place over Willa Mae. Emotions, moods all over the place, and I don’t know if I should just leave him be or…

Violet

Violet: Well, what about The Real Spot? Does that matter? Let’s talk about that.
Hollywood: Ain’t nothing to talk about. Sitting over there empty on a year’s lease with six months left to go. Draining every little bit of my settlement savings. There ain’t shit that I can do about it, so what I’m going to do is sit here, drink this beer, watch this game, which I already know the outcome of, and wait for my beautiful wife, who happens to be a tremendous cook, go and bring me something to eat.

Charley: Love isn’t a weakness. Love isn’t something to be mocked. You can be enraged and still lead with love, with light. Ella Baker said, “Give light, and the people will find the way.” Dr. King said, and you know this, Micah, “Darkness can’t drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can’t drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Micah: Dr. King also said that a riot is the language of the unheard.

As far as I’m concerned, a gun is violence and death waiting to happen, and I don’t want it anywhere near me.

Violet

Violet: The whole situation don’t make no sense.
Prosper: Racism ain’t never made sense.

Well, if I’ve got to take a bullet to keep a bullet off of those I’m charged with protecting and providing for, then that’s just how it’s gotta be.

Hollywood

Charley: Please, don’t do that to yourself.
Micah: Do what?
Charley: Push it down. It doesn’t work. I’ve tried it.

Calvin: I know I should have done more, and I should have been stronger, better, and I am. It was one of the worst days of my life.
Nova: Yeah, I’m sure it wasn’t a red-letter day for the kid either.

Charley: It’s murder. It’s unacceptable.
Micah: Is it? This didn’t happen on some dirt path on the side of the road. This didn’t happen in the middle of the night. They didn’t take him on a drive to some dark alley so they could put a gun in his mouth. This was broad daylight. There were people across the street begging him to stop but he didn’t.
Charley: I know.
Micah: The murder of black people is very acceptable. The fact that it is is the whole point.

Queen Sugar Quotes

Violet: Ralph Angel, you are not your father’s son. How dare you put the weight of the world on that boy.
Ralph Angel: Look, I’m doing what I think is best, Aunt Vi.
Violet: You can’t see that you are about to screw up your son’s life. Do you want that on your conscience? Hasn’t he been through enough of you and Darla’s shit? That’s a real question. I’m waiting.
Ralph Angel: With all due respect, I ain’t got to answer you, Aunt Vi. Not you, not Nova, not Charley. The only person I’ve got to answer is my damn self. So we done here? Look, I’m trying not to hang up on you, Aunt Vi. I’m trying.
Violet: Go ahead. You can’t hurt me more than you’ve done. You’ve done broke my heart already. You know deep down that boy is mine as much as he is yours, and how dare you take him away from me.
Ralph Angel: That’s not your son, Aunt Vi. That’s the problem. You ain’t his mama. You ain’t even a parent, Aunt Vi. Man, please don’t disrespect me on this phone. I’m trying to do the same. What you say matters, but it’s not the final word. Look, I appreciate all you’ve done, really I do, but you can’t keep telling me what I can and can’t do with my son.
Violet: Ralph Angel, you a damn shame, and your daddy would be ashamed of you. And you just proved today that with all of your huffing and puffing and strutting, you ain’t nothing but a boy yourself.

The players who got caught with the girl are just kids, coming straight out of high school. No home training, no life skills. We hand them millions of dollars and then say good luck. They marry riffraff. They live wild, now they're messing up our livelihood.

Charley