Gregory Gunn, Samuel DuBose, Brendon Glenn, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Michael Brown Jr., Eric Garner, Tamir Rice all unarmed victims who have died at the hands of a police officer. In The Hate U Give, it was a boy named Khalil. He died when a white police officer shot him during a traffic stop while he and Starr were driving away from a party that had been shot up by a gang.
In America, a black person is three times more likely to be killed by police than a white person. The officers are not being held accountable, in 2015, 99% of officers that have committed a crime have not been prosecuted. Police are 33% less likely to be convicted of a crime as opposed to a regular citizen, and the conviction rate for cops that commit murder is only 35% percent. In 2016, 169 unarmed civilians were killed by officers and only 16 faced charges. Even when a cop is charged with a crime, they are rarely convicted by the judge and jury.
A survey taken in September of 2016 showed that 81 percent of white people have confidence in their local police department, 75 percent believe officers use the appropriate amount of force, and another 75 percent believe all races and ethnicities are treated equally. An Associated Press-University poll found that a majority of white people believe the justice system treats black people fairly and cops too harshly. The people that took place in these surveys, they are the people on the juries, the judges, lawyers, prosecutors who fail the justice system, believe cops are good-hearted, unbiased, and don’t care about the color of people’s skin (The Root)
In The Hate U Give, it gives the ugly reality of living as a minority in America and how the way of life across America is very difficult. Values of Americans differ greatly from groups of people. The Hate U Give addresses many of the major differences culturally, physically, and mentally that black people go through.
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“Police Have Killed 964 People in the U.S. This Year.” Mapping Police Violence. N.p., n.d. Web.
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Women at the Hands of Police.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2016,
Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. N.p.: Walker, 2017. Print.
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