Review of “The Hate U Give”

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Ashantae James, Spring Editor

“T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E”: the hate you give little infants [expletive] everybody ~Tupac

    A rapper by the name of Tupac Shakur once made an acronym for “T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.”: “The hate you give little infants [expletive] everybody,” he said of systemic injustices. “What you feed us as seeds, grows and blows up in your face.” Twenty years later his messaged was included to the novel and movie script  The Hate u give.

Starr is a sixteen-year-old high school student who spends her life divided between the poor and wealthy. Starr was named “Starr” because she was “her father’s light in the darkest part of his life”. Her emotions are usually immediate and unfiltered throughout the movie. She’s Traumatized after witnessing her best friend get shot then her other friend Khalil. Starr blames herself for not being there for Khalil prior to his death. As Starr gains the courage to testify at the grand jury she grows more outspoken, refusing to accept the way racism hurts her.

 Khalil is Starr’s childhood best friend who is shot by a cop during a traffic stop. After Khalil’s death, rumors spread that Khalil dealt drugs and participated in the King Lords gang, placing his character in question. However, Starr remembers Khalil primarily as the sweet friend she knew growing up. Toward the end of the movie, DeVante(Seven) reveals that Khalil took great care of his family and only sold drugs to pay off his mother’s debt to King.

 Racism is the biggest conflict in the movie. The movie shows how racism is still going on today. Her “friend” Hailey says racist statements and doesn’t even admit to it. She even unfollows her on social media when she posts pictures of Khalil in support of him. Although she tries to make up and apologize for it she stills fails to apologize.

I really like how it shows both race point of view and also teaches and sends out a message. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the movie. I thought it was great. I feel like anyone 13 and up should see it.