But truth is, I don't care that much about voting. I don't care about eating at a counter with white people. What I care about is, of in ten years, a white lady will call my girls dirty and accuse them of stealing the silver. (17.69)
Minny wants to see practical, rather than symbolic, change. To her, voting and where to eat are symbolic things that might not translate into better lives for her kids, or how they are truly regarded.