Commentary on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas by Chade Green Rose
People in this world need to know about stuff along the lines of racial injustice. Especially teens nowadays because teens always have a chance to change the world but they never pay attention to it. They’re always busy on social media, hanging out with friends. They don’t take 5 seconds to look at what’s going on. The book The Hate U Give is about a 16-year-old girl, Starr Carter who gets stopped by a police officer with her childhood best friend Khalil as the driver. Khalil was asked to exit the car because he wouldn’t comply with the officer and he kept asking him questions. The officer grabbed Khalil and dragged him out of the car. He patted him down twice and went to back to his car telling both Khalil and Starr not to move. Khalil was checking on Starr through the window when the officer shot him three times. Starr has to go through hell and back because she was the only witness to the officer killing her best friend, people go through stuff like that all the time. That’s why schools should teach stuff like social injustice, and social activism in class. Kids need to know about the stuff that happens in their daily lives, maybe not to them but others. If they don’t, they’ll think it’s funny and it isn’t something that matters. They need to know what happens and who it happens to.
In this world, racial injustice happens every single day to African Americans, Jewish people, Native Americans, etc. Life was worse for these people years ago, it got better for a little while but as we continue with society, it’s been getting worse. What if you lived in a neighborhood where everyday you heard “Oh, someone just got shot”? What if that person was your brother or your best friend? This happens everyday to teenagers in the world, they’re killed by the people that are supposed to protect you. The Hate U Give shines a light on racial injustice, it exposes the reality in this cruel world we call earth. For example, in 1955 a boy named Emmett Till was killed because he was accused of offending a white woman. Emmett only went into the store to buy candy with his cousin, according to the woman, he was whistling when he encountered her, Carolyn Bryant. She told her husband, Roy Bryant about Emmett. Roy was furious with the little boy and began questioning him.They shot and beat him and threw him over a bridge near the water. Decades later, Carolyn came clean and said that everything Emmett supposedly “did” was all a lie. She lied on an innocent black boy that led to his death.
People in this world don’t care who it happens to, “as long as it’s not me” they say. But what if it was happening to your best friend? Or your brother? Your mother? Whatever happens in this world affects everyone. If you’re African American and you read on the internet that someone of your race got shot, would you be mad? I would because who knows if I’m next. Black people are supposed to be protected by the government, by the law. Instead they’re killed because police officers shoot first and ask questions later. Most of the time the one who gets shot doesn’t even have a gun. What about Trayvon Martin? A 17 year-old boy who was shot and killed by a white man that thought he was “dangerous”. Trayvon was only walking the streets going back home from the store when the neighborhood watch, George Zimmerman saw him, called 911 and shot him. George Zimmerman shot an unarmed teenager. Zimmerman was later found not guilty of shooting him, which caused chaos all over america. Every time an innocent black child is killed by a white man with a gun, that white man is proven not guilty. And they wonder why black people are afraid when it comes to the police.
People wonder what if there wasn’t violence in this world, what if everyone was at peace with each other. If those two questions came true, the world would be a way better place but the world isn’t like that. Everyone has their own struggles but black people and Jewish people and natives have the same injustice. They’re excluded from the world and have to fight for their own peace. They have to fight to make the world a better place. That’s why we talk about social injustice.
Commentary on the The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
By Emily Enid Ortega Abre
Different skin tones with different facial features is this what you call dangerous? We weren’t all born the same. If we aren’t taught about social injustice in school we won’t ever really understand the purpose of why people fight for their rights and freedom. We live in such a big world where there’s all sorts of mixed people, with different religions, different mentalities and most importantly different ways of seeing life. There shouldn’t be a reason to hurt other human beings because of their differences.
The Hate U Give told a story about a young black man who got shot by a white police cop who believed the young man had a weapon on him, “because he was black”. There was more to the story than just a murder but a story where black people fought for their justice. Who said being another race makes you any better than a black person? We all come from the same place and that place is where there is peace, shouldn’t we feel peace and not be afraid for who we are.
The mistake we tend to repeat is we judge others for what they have and do but that’s false. Anyone could be wearing the most expensive clothing or might have more than others but that doesn’t necessarily make you a good person for what you have, being a good person is what you carry in your heart and mind not from the look of it. Doesn’t it affect you knowing that there are people suffering and young children dying because of what they look like? Being racist shouldn’t be something that you’re proud about, you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing and seeing people dying everyday because of their race.
I am afraid of tomorrow because I feel guilty knowing that there are families who lost another loved one. Some of us stopped going to school, some of us stopped being the person we were yesterday and some of us have just given up in life. We can’t keep allowing this pattern to continue, or else at some moment of time they’re will no longer be any of us standing. I believe social injustice should be taught in schools because it will give points of views for many of us students and let more of us youth have an eye opener in life and most importantly to not hurt or be selfish to one another. Let us make a difference today, let us save our community before it all goes to waste, let us stand all together without being feared or hating on each other for where we come from, today will be the day where we will restart by starting off with a handshake and a smile of peace.
Mother and Me
I am remembering the moments where I thought I had nothing compared to others. I used to always feel as if my mother and the rest of my family were poor. Growing up in apartment buildings, sharing bedrooms with my siblings made me think that my mother was a poor woman by not being capable of affording a home like any other parent would. At the time my mother had two jobs, she’d get home late practically every night and so my oldest sister Ashley would have to come pick up my little brother and I from daycare. It made me sad seeing other parents walk into the daycare coming to pick up their children after work and not seeing my mother do the same for me.
Now that I am becoming a woman with so much beauty, personality and intelligence, I started to realize that life was never easy for my mother, it was always a challenge. Those challenges made her the woman she is today and the mother she taught her daughters to be. It’s my turn to be a the strong woman my mother taught me to be, by facing the challenges I have ahead of me. Many of my challenges I went through broke me down, losing a brother and not knowing if my biological father would ever come knocking by my door looking for me to tell me how much he loved me tore me apart. Here was the hardest challenge for me to face, my mother laid her soft and kind warm hands on both of my cheeks and looked right into my eyes and told me my father had left us for another family. The tears were pouring down from my eyes like rain, feeling as if I was a mistake to my mother. My father made me so angry. I was wrong because that same night, when my mother told me my father left for a new beginning, she also said I was the greatest gift sent from heaven.
Sixteen year old me, had brought me into visualization that I was never put in a position where I was poor but put in a position where I was being lead towards a greater home and a greater life for me and my family. For some reason I never really believed in dreams or possibilities but my mother was the one who showed me that dreams and possibilities weren’t just a fantasy but were more like reality, those dreams would only truly happen if you’d put in the hard work into your hopes and dreams and that is what my mother did. She bought a lovely home by the water for her children and got herself her dream car.
It is my time to prepare myself by asking the older me, what will I do someday for my dreams to be a reality. I’ve spoken to the older me and told her that I would want to be a professional musician with a lawyers degree. It sounds impossible but my mother taught me that impossible doesn’t exist. There is so much more to what my future holds for me, a beautiful family of five and a smart and handsome husband, living in a big home facing towards a clear and bright view. One day I will have the chance to give my mother what she deserves for everything she’s ever given me. I will be that someone who will always make her proud for the daughter she’s raised on her own. I won’t fail or fall, I will stand and walk with my chin up high remembering the words that my mother taught me.
Life and a mother is what made me
A mother with power is what strengthens me
Words by my mother is what showed me
A mother and a daughter is what stands by each other.
Impossible is what you put your mindset towards but will never be a real feeling.