Title: The Hate You Give
Author: Angie Thomas
This book no matter how one sees it is quite timely and eye opening. A thoughtful, heartbreaking and honest account of racial tensions//issues in America today. “Black Lives Matter”
“A hairbrush is not a gun”.
Starr, the heroine in the book is 16 years old and watches as her best friend, Khalil is shot dead by a white police man just for doing nothing. She had previously witnessed another best friend, Natasha killed in a drive by.
The media stereotype Khalil by blaming him for this own death, claiming he was a thug, a drug dealer and that he got what he deserved. She is afraid of being victimized by the authorities if she speaks out as a witness.
“Does this have something to do with the police shooting that drug dealer in your neighborhood? ….they said the drug dealer’s name was Khalil”,
“The drug dealer. That’s how they see him… doesn’t matter that he’s suspected of doing it. ‘Drug dealer is louder than ‘suspected’ will ever be”.
Starr and her two brothers attend school in the more affluent and posh part of Garden Height while she was born and lives in the poor neighborhood. Her friends are white including her boyfriend, Chris. And because of the disparity in their world views she’s trying to break off with him.
“You’re white, okay? You’re white, I’m black. You’re rich, I’m not”.
She is caught between her two world’s which she does not want to collide. So she’s careful in every thing she does so as to blend in. After debating with herself whether to come forward as a witness she decides to.
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be”.
Highly recommend as it’s quite a powerful read.
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