Responses to The Hate U Give


Mekka Lloyd, Zoeie McKnight, LaRae'ya Odom, Aastha Singh

“If you see a white man reach into the window for something would you say ‘put your hands up or shoot,” Starr asked Uncle Carlos. Without hesitation, he replied, “I’ll say put your hands up.”

This single quote encapsulates the entire meaning of the movie. The heated conversation surfaced after Starr’s TV interview revealing what really happened to Khalil. As a result of her “snitching”, King sent a not so nice message. The family then sought refuge at Uncle Carlos’s and his wife’s home while Starr was trying to understand why everything happened in the first place. After Uncle Carlos released the hurtful words, Starr broke into hysterics, “Do you know what you just said.” She looked at him in disbelief.

This was a big turning point in the movie not only because it was the very reason why Khalil (an unarmed black boy) was shot in the first place, but it answers why there will be many more Khalils and shows how people justify it. There will be many more Trayvons,Tamirs, Sandras etc. because of the color of Khalil’s skin. This leads back to the notion that we all are guilty in a way. “It’s not The Hate You Give, it’s the hate we give” because even outside of the system and the white man, we further the oppression of ourselves as well by believing dangerous narratives.

I would certainly recommend this movie because it really sheds the light on issues we’ve all been ignoring, putting the struggle in a way it can’t be ignored or debated, and all the while providing an entertaining element.

Mekka Lloyd

“We can break the cycle” -Starr

This line refers to how kids follow into their parents footsteps of joining the gang life which their parents followed their grandparents into and how it is a vicious cycle that needs to end. Something that goes along with this cycle is pledging your allegiance with the King Lord and if you defy him, you’re dead such as snitching but also getting caught by the cops and cops shooting at black people without thinking is a part of this big cycle that needs to end. This particular time was used at the end of the movie when Starr steps in front of her brother who is holding a gun to protect him from getting shot at by cops. Starr said this to the cops which made them think and put their guns down as well. Before Starr stepped in front of her brother, the King Lord was going towards her with a gun after she survived the fire he set to kill her and her step brother. After she said this, her younger brother, Sekani, put down the gun as well as her dad and the cops. The King Lord went to jail for setting the fire and Starr and her family were living a good life without gangs in it. I chose this line because it’s a powerful line that describes the movie as a whole. The entire movie was about the relevance of the shooting that occurred and how stuff like this had been going on for a while now, a cycle that needs to be broken. It is important and relates to present day times because this cycle is still happening and many African-American lives are being put at stake because of this cycle that has yet not broken and this movie might be able to break it because of how much it relates to society today. The main issue of focus is police brutality and the perspective of African Americans with police brutality. I would recommend this movie to a friend because of how strong and empowering it is. It’s a movie that changes a person’s complete perspective of life today which could eventually be the change that has needed to happen now for decades.

Zoeie McKnight

No matter what we say no matter how loud we shout they refuse to hear us.”   -Starr

Starr said this quote in her head while she was on top of a car telling the protesters what Khalil did and didn’t do. It occurred when there was a big protest when everyone found out that the cop who shot Khalil was let go and was not charged with anything against him.

Starr was on the car telling everyone that Khalil lived and it really doesn’t matter how he died. It matters how he lived. Then the police told everyone to move from the premises while Starr was telling everyone how he lived. That is when Starr said the quote in her head. The cops were counting down from three and when they got to one the cops started shoving all the protesters.

I chose this line because it popped out to me in a way because this quote that she said is really true. No matter how much we protest, no one would never know how it feels until they are in your shoes. This addresses that the cops don’t care what you have to say. They are just there to do their job; they don’t care. I think this quote is very important because for you to be that brave and stand on the car and say whatever you say, you are kind of making a “threat” towards the police.

This makes a connection to my life because when Antwon Rose was shot the cop did not go to jail right away. It took some time. Neither Khalil nor Antwon deserved to get shot when they didn’t have any weapon on them.

I would recommend this movie to a friend because it is a really good movie and it kind of teaches you a lesson to always listen to the police just because you never know what can happen to you. It was really worth watching and it was very emotional but it really made me realize that police sometimes doesn’t protect you.

LaRae’ya Odom

“Listen, let me tell you something. Pac said, ‘THUG LIFE’ means The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody.’ T-H-U-G L-I-F-E.”

 This is what was said to Starr Carter, the protagonist of The Hate U Give, by Khalil, her best friend, as they drive home from a party. They talk and catch up as they cruise along an idle road. Suddenly, sirens sound. They get pulled over by a white cop. Khalil gets asked to step outside the car as an officer verifies his license. He reaches inside to grab a hairbrush. Immediately, two booms sound. Khalil gets shot and killed. All because of a hairbrush and the prejudice of a white police officer.

I chose this quote because it was the quote around what the entire book was centered around. It addresses the unnecessary hate that African Americans receive and how it comes back for the perpetrators. The unjust hate against an innocent African American man sparks a movement, Just Us for Justice. A movement to get the community to realize what was happening to the African American community. The fear and anger that people give African Americans comes back to them, be it in the form of a riot or a drug ring.

The same injustice can be seen in many past real-life situations. Some examples are the deaths of Tamir Rice, Emmett Till, and Eric Garner. They were all black men who were accused of doing something wrong, but still minor in comparison to death. Tamir was shot on the spot without any chance to verbally defend himself after playing with an airsoft gun, Emmett Till was beaten for flirting, and Eric Garner was choked for allegedly selling loose cigarettes, which was only a speculation at the time. These sparked riots and protests to get the word out on how African Americans were being treated.

I would definitely recommend this movie to a friend. It brings into light the baseless prejudice and hatred of African Americans in our society, an issue often brushed over and ignored. It portrays this issue through the story of a young girl and her trauma, keeping the audience on the edge of their seat. The plot and cinematography enrapture the audience, all while sending an incredibly important message.

Aastha Singh