“The Hate U Give ” by Angie Thomas, the K-State Book Network’s 2018-2019 Common Read, has been banned and challenged becasue it features elements of police brutality, profanity, racism, drug use and violence.
In testifying to the grand jury and speaking out at the protest, she sheds light on the truth about Khalil and breaks through the layers of falsehoods that the media has created. By exposing King’s involvement in Khalil’s death, Starr inspires her neighbors and DeVante to have the courage to speak out against King.
It conveys the thought that all members of humanity should be treated equal regardless of our wrongful perceptions of others. By bringing awareness to world problems such as discrimination and racism, this movie will make you question the society we live in today. The Hate U Give is definitely a movie to remember.
On the way, they see protestors marching for Khalil, and Lisa can sense her daughter’s feelings of guilt. Lisa tells Starr that Starr was not breathing when she was born ; though Lisa had tried to do everything right throughout her pregnancy, this moment made her feel as though she had done something terribly wrong.
Her creator, author Jay Asher , doesn’t want her to be either. Since it was published in 2007, “Thirteen Reasons Why” has been a target of censorship. A Colorado school district banned the novel, saying it glamorized suicide.
A parent filed a formal request to ban the classic 1953 novel because of profanity and using God’s name in vain. She also had concerns about Bradbury including sex, drugs, suicide, murder, and abortion in the book .
Starr is a sixteen-year-old black high school student who spends her life divided between the poor, primarily black neighborhood of Garden Heights and Williamson Prep, a wealthy, primarily white school.
As such, DeVante stole $5,000 from King in order to get his mother and sister out of town. His mother refused to let DeVante come with them, fearing he would put them all in danger.
Starr had initially gotten angry at Chris because he took out a condom while they made out. She previously told Chris she was not ready for sex because of her fear of getting pregnant, and so was angry at him for having a condom.
It’s his concept of “THUG LIFE” that becomes an important motif in the book while also providing the title. The phrase is actually an acronym for “The Hate U Gave Little Infants F *cks Everybody ,” which, according to the rapper, means , “What you feed us as seeds, grows and blows up in your face.”
Starr is the only witness to Khalil’s killing. While she wants the police officer to face justice, she’s afraid to speak out . He’s taught them the Black Panther’s Ten-Point Program — including “an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people” — and to work for justice “by any means necessary.”
Lisa tells Starr the District Attorney would like to question Starr about Khalil’s death. Starr worries about answering the District Attorney’s questions because she doesn’t know if Khalil had a gun in the car. Ms. Ofrah explains that the “ gun ” was a hairbrush that One-Fifteen claims he mistook for a gun .
Devante is a teenager from Garden Heights whose brother is killed at Big D’s party in the beginning of the story. He becomes involved with the King Lords to help support his family, and at one point sold drugs with Khalil.
Kenya overhears this and calls Starr a coward for not speaking up more on behalf of Khalil. She says that if Khalil were from Williamson, Starr would be have defended him, and further accuses Starr of abandoning both Khalil and her for the bougie world of her private school.
DeVante reveals Khalil hadn’t been a King Lord. Starr blames herself for doubting Khalil and thinks public opinion would change if they knew why Khalil sold drugs. DeVante calls himself a thug because he sold drugs and was actually a gang member.