The Hate U Give Review – Whitman Wire

“The Hate U Give,” originally a best-selling novel by Angie Thomas, premiered last month. The film stars actress Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a black teenage girl , attended a wealthy, predominantly white prep school but still lived in a less wealthy black neighborhood. By dividing herself between these two worlds, she developed a dual consciousness, literally calling herself Starr Version 1 and Starr Version 2. She realized that she could never truly be herself because of her “white” school and “black” community. Du Bois explained this in “The Soul of the Black” The phenomenon, he said the African American experienced, “the desire to acquire self-conscious masculinity, to merge his dual selves into a better, more authentic self. Starr felt that this needed to be her true self, as the world expected two opposing “Starrs,” and she played certain roles she needed in various situations, changing the way she spoke, dressed and manner.

Illustration by Nathaly Perez

The film revolves around Starr’s emotional turmoil after witnessing the death of his childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a white police officer. Starr is faced with a choice: stand up for Khalil and fight for his justice, but doing so leaves herself vulnerable to hatred from drug lords and other prep students in her community, or stay silent and Be protected, but allow public opinion that the police have the right to hold on. Once again, Starr is torn between complacent and non-confrontational roles, who protect themselves in silence, or Starr, who loves Khalil and realizes that she can make a difference to the injustice of police brutality. Starr ultimately chooses to stand up for her innocent friend.

Throughout the film, Starr also struggles to understand the meaning of rapper Tupac’s phrase “THUGLIFE” or “The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everyone.” She initially believed that the hatred stemmed primarily from the deep-rooted racism of white Americans, but in the final scene she realizes that hatred is perpetuated by everyone — her family, her community, and society at large. Starr recognizes the need to end the hatred within her own people and realizes that only if communities love themselves can they effect change – and she and those around her need to accept their darkness. For Starr, that doesn’t mean people need to stop fighting and speaking out against injustice, but rather protest and influence out of love, not pain.

“The Hate U Give” is brutal and controversial, but mostly honest. Carefully weaving issues of racism, police brutality, poverty, a biased prison system, and the family, the film creates a moving film that makes people stop and think about what we’re doing when they think about their role in society How much hatred to create.

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