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‘The Hate You Give’ is a must-see

By Cyra Watters
On October 25, 2018

The main character in The Hate U Give, Starr Carter, is a young African American girl who stays in a predominantly black neighborhood called Garden Heights. But attends a predominantly white private school with her two brothers Seven and Sekani.


The opening of the movie begins with Starr’s father Maverick giving “The Talk” where he makes them learn the “Black Panther 10 Point Program” which instilled a sense of pride.


As the movie continues we start to see the struggles that Starr faces at school and home. She talks about how she has to pretend to be two people at home and school.


But after her friend Khalil is shot and killed by a white officer it causes her to find herself. And it helps her to understand how white people view injustices of African Americans.  This soon changes her view of her friends and family, which caused her to tell the story of her friend Khalil.


At first she was hesitant to tell his story because she was scared that her family’s reputation would change, she was also afraid of being threatened and looked at differently by her peers. Starr soon realizes the importance of standing up for what she believes in. Starr remains courageous throughout the movie.


After going to see The Hate U Give I was able to take away several lessons that I would like to share with the general body.


But first I would like to say that The Hate You Give allowed me to see the world from a different perspective, it was inspiring and even brought me tears.
The Hate U Give tells the story of a black family that lives in the projects, that lost a friend from gun violence. The director was able to create this story to explain the importance of gun violence and what it is truly like to be “Black” in this world today. It explains the daily struggles of what African-Americans have to go through. My favorite quote from the movie was “T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. which was written by Tupac.


The quote refers to injustices of black people and how our reactions affects us in the end. With that being said I was able to understand the importance of having “the talk” which is explaining what to do when you have an incident with the police.  Also knowing how to present yourself when you have an encounter with the police.


Another lesson I was able to take away from the movie was that we all have a voice.


The main character “Starr” faces many problems throughout the movie that force her to find her voice to get justice for her friend.


Watching Starr in the movie helped me realize how strong we are as individuals. Starr’s courage, encouraged me to be to use my voice to stand up for what I believe in. As well as the importance of family, in the movie. Starr had her family’s support every step of the way.

 

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