The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Book Review
Starting in the year 1619, America began to change its ways, and a disgusting practice known as owning slaves arose within our society. Although this practice was abolished in 1865, similar habits still stuck around, including systemic racism and racial oppression, which is still extremely relevant in this era. The fight to achieve racial equality is actively happening worldwide, and every day, people are starting to become more aware of how beautiful, unfair and cruel this world can be. In the story The Hate U Give, Starr can be shown as becoming a conscious citizen through her experiences, the ones that allowed her to be more alert of this world, the beautiful ones, and the terrible and unjust ones.
In The Hate U Give, our main character Starr goes through many situations, some of which allow her to be more alert to the reality of this world. In this story, Starr and her mother reluctantly agreed to talk to the authorities and are extremely surprised by the asked questions. "She sighs. "I see. Do you know if he was involved with the King Lords?"... "The Garden Disciples" (Thomas 74). In this quote, Starr realized that regardless of what the officer did to Khalil, the people following this case would care more about what Khalil did in his free time than the incident. Something similar can be taken from Ta-Nehisi's essay, in which he talks about how many African-Americans bring more consequences than Caucasian people. "But the price of error is higher for you than it is for your countrymen, and so that America might justify itself, the story of a black body's destruction must always begin with his or her error, real or imagined—with Eric Garner's anger, with Trayvon Martin's mythical words ("You are gonna die tonight"), with Sean Bell's mistake of running with the wrong crowd, with me standing too close to the small-eyed boy pulling out" (Coates). These quotes are relative to each other because they both show that even though others may do wrong, people will always show a clear bias and try to justify that which is wrong, which allowed Starr to become more alert to the situation's reality.
Even though Starr had some beautiful moments, which allowed her to explore her identity as an activist, she also had experiences that showed her how cruel this world could be. In The Hate U Give, everyone expects the shooting officer to pay for what he did but is let down by the final decision. “If you are just tuning in, the grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Brian Cruise Jr. in the death of Khalil Harris” (Thomas 254). Everyone was devastated to see that once again, people of the law would not be held accountable for their actions, which have been pardoned many times now. A similar instance is shown in Ta-Nehisi’s essay, in which another officer is also not indicted. “You stayed up till 11 p.m. that night, waiting for the announcement of an indictment, and when instead it was announced that there was none, you said, “I have got to go,” and you went into your room, and I heard you crying”(Coates). In both instances, since the decision was so biased and clearly wrong, it displayed just how cruel, biased, and dense this world can be.