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.