THE HATE YOU GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS
Title: The hate you give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Release Date: February 28, 2017
This heartbreaking yet soul wrenching book is a work of fiction inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement which rips unapologetically into a subject that has been pushed aside for a long time and that is racial bias in the justice system.
The story follows Starr Carter, a young girl who explains that she lives two different lives as a result presented two different versions of herself. She and her family live in the mostly poor, black neighborhood of Garden Heights, but in order to give them a chance at a better life, Starr’s parents send their kids to a private school, which is predominately white and rich.
The uneasy balance between her lives is shattered when she witnessed her childhood friend Khalil shot and killed by the police in front of her. Starr was taught how to talk and act around police officers so she doesn’t get arrested or shot. But, her friend wasn’t.
“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak”
Stuck between those who want her to speak out about the injustice and those who want her to stay silent, Starr is forced to make a decision. Her fear is palpable because she has to confront a system that is working against her.
We see through Starr’s eyes how the media presents young black men as guilty until proven innocent but when you’re poor, black and from the hood that makes it virtually impossible to appear innocent.
The rapper Tupac Shakur once broke down the acronym for his mantra “T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.”: “The hate you give little infants fucks everybody,” he said of systematic injustices. “What you feed us as seeds, grows and blows up in your face.”
You don’t question choices but the actions of your choices affects the people around you negatively or positively.
I read this book and I also listened to the audio book. It was really fantastic and educative, it hit me with every emotion possible. I felt the pressure of being a black person in a white community. I completely understand why everyone was talking about it and I think you should read it too.
Do You think this racial injustice is still a problem in the justice system? I would love to hear you share your opinion in the comment section below.