The Hate U Give

We want an immediate end to police brutality and the murder of black people, other people of color, and oppressed people.

Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give resonates a recurring social issue that continues to plague society at present. In this book, detailed accounts of racism are tackled in this novel, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a campaign against racism and violence towards the black people community. Thomas confronts the issue of racism front-to-front and illustrates actual events of discrimination in America, making The Hate U Give one of the most important contemporary literature that I have read in a while.

The death of a young black man Khalil Harris by a white police man, who shoots him, thinking he had a gun, incites anger among those who realize that the indictment of the white police man could not be granted by the jury. Starr Carter, who witnessed Khalil's death, struggles to have her voice heard in response to the growing cases of police brutality and the flawed legal systems that promulgate poor decisions based on internalized racism. In reading this book, I felt like the the author was crying for help, resorting to writing as a way to bring attention to this issue.

I've seen it happen over and over again; a black man gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose.

While I found the writing somehow problematic, the content and the message that the story sought to relay felt important and powerful. It offered me a perspective as to how this issue is still present, targeting people whose skin colors do not conform to societal standards. In a deep way, I felt sorrow for the characters of the book, all of whom struggled to fight for what was due of their friend. Reading through the eyes of a girl with black skin in a white-washed city made me feel different emotions all at once for the mere fact that people, regardless of color or race, will never have deserving rights as they should.

The Hate U Give is a powerful story that echoes the issues of today's time. It gives voice to the powerless, most especially to the black people community, who are often targets of racism and discrimination in America. I would greatly recommend this novel for anyone looking to read a novel that incites thought and action into deeper issues that persist in society.

"What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in these moments you shouldn't be?"

jillian etc.