The Hate U Give sparks viewer interest

Jasmin Harris, Staff Writer

The Hate U Give, which is based on the original book was recently came out on Oct. 19. Readers of the book and viewers of the movie observed many similarities between the two.

The Hate U Give addresses the important hardships of African-Americans in America. The movie and the book focuses on the effects of police brutality, specifically with the killing of Khalil, the main character’s childhood friend, gang recruitment, in addition to King (Anthony Mackie) who is the leader of a gang. The gang known as King Lords, discrimination, injustice, and protests. All of these aspects reflect and coincide with today’s society. Thousands have had knowledge about the problem of discrimination and police brutality today, however will forget the conflict in the span of three to four weeks.

Main character Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), plays a witness of how her deceased childhood friend, Khalil Harris (Algee Smith), and how he was killed by an officer who believes that his hairbrush was a weapon. Starr’s mother chooses to keep Starr being a witness a secret, which she obeys. After the incident has been released, protests took place regarding the injustice. Starr’s close friend, Hailey (Sabrina Carpenter) uses the protest as an excuse to skip school, oblivious of Starr’s profound disbelief in her behavior, she leaves school to get a ride from her uncle Carlos to drive to her mother’s job at the hospital. She tells her what happened, she tells her that she needs to speak for Khalil.

Starr’s decision of speaking for the injustice of Khalil, may result to a deadly conflict with King. Starr being quiet differs from the absurd actions of her other friends from the opposite race like Hailey, Starr discovers more ridiculous behavior from Hailey revealing that she is entirely racist, but with Hailey thinking Starr is her only African-American friend, covers up the fact that she definitely is a racist person. More of the reasons for Starr’s fate of being silent could also mean Khalil would never get the justice, and attention that people in America need to see, with social media showing the same events that occured in the movie.

After a few minutes before the problem with Khalil and after he dies, Khalil tells Starr the meaning of ‘THUG LIFE.’ Which stands for The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everyone, which is shown in the second to last scene with Sekani Carter (TJ Wright), Starr’s little brother holding a gun which he took from his father’s back pocket, aiming at King, with police aiming at Sekani. Showing that traumatizing scenes for kids can affect them forever. In this case, African-American children. Starr halts the policemen asking, “How many of us do you need to kill to get the point?!” With the result of Sekani dropping the gun and everyone in the scene, excluding the policemen, putting their hands up.