Feb 21, 2017

ARC: The Hate U Give

the hate u give / angie thomas

"we want an immediate end to police brutality and the murder of black people, other people of color, and oppressed people."

These are the words, intricately written down, that cries for quick action. It echoes in me, resonates through my tendrils of thought, and I think: Why are things like this happening? Why isn't there any justice? Look around you — this is a reality. Racism is a reality.

This is a story that fights for one's voice to be heard. How the death of a young black boy named Khalil Harris, killed by a white police man, incites anger among those who realize, more than ever, that the indictment of the white police man could not be granted by the jury.

A story that manifests itself through police brutality, and how certain legal systems today base such decisions on internalized racism.

A story that cries for help. For justice.

Why are things like this happening? Why isn't there any justice?

"I've seen it happen over and over again: a black man gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose."

The writing of the book may not have touched me deeply, but my heart beats for the portrayal of certain societal issues with regard to racism. It gives me sight on how this issue is very much alive, and how it can affect people who are targets of this problem. You will be given a deep insight on how racism works, may it be intentional or not, and albeit it may not affect you in reality, you will feel for the characters deeply, sorrowfully, truly.

Starr Carter is a 16-year-old protagonist who fights to have her voice heard. To speak for justice amidst inequity. To do what is right even when people think otherwise. As a witness of the shooting of her black friend, Khalil, Starr is willing to do anything to get the white police man charged for murdering her friend. Fighting off wisps of anxiety and thoughts of dread, a will to succeed in any way possible —

— the question is: Will she make it? Will she? Can she fight for the justice Khalil deserves?

"What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?" 

The Hate U Give is a powerful story about speaking up and finding one's voice in the midst of social issues surrounding racism. 

Please read it. Please do.

Reading through the eyes of a girl with black skin in a white-washed city will make you feel emotions of all sorts because of the fact that people, regardless of color or race, will never have deserving rights as they should.