"You have racism telling you you’re one thing, telling you you’re worth less than white people. You also, sometimes, have this homophobic masculinity in the Black culture that tells you that you should be this thing. The attempt for [the final section of the book,] 'Tabula Rasa' is to say that you don’t have to be any of that. This is your life; you can do and say and be exactly who you are. You don’t have to conform to these standards."

-Brian Broome on his debut memoir Punch Me Up to the Gods