Good Afternoon. My name is Starr and I’m the protagonist of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I am from Garden Heights. I’m a 16 year old black high school student. Who lives in a black neighborhood. Going to William Prep.
I’ve been called here today on behalf of my friend Khalil Harris who was killed by 115. I’ve been traumatized but I will not give up on my friend. Me and Khalil have been friends since we were kids. So it shattered me when he got shot.
Me and Khalil were in the car driving home and 115 pulled us overdue a “lane change” but I knew something was off based on 115 body language. He roughly searched Khalil and he didn’t tell us why he pulled us over. The cop walked away. Khalil trying to keep me calm and smooth talk me.
Khalil pulls out a hairbrush and not even under 3 seconds 115 pulls the trigger and shoots Khalil. I got out of the car and tried to reassure and help Khalil but 115 handcuffed me as I watched Khalil die.
I support that America is guilty of human rights violations against African-Americans through the criminal justice system. “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. This matter most to my character because it isn’t being followed.” That was a piece from the specific human rights.
This was not being followed. 115 saw color and assumed my friend Khalil Harris was dangerous. May he rest in peace. Justice will be served, that’s all.
This was a beautiful perspective.
I liked how you talked about this from the perspective of Starr.
To follow up with the quote, “America is guilty” I completely agree. This nation doesn’t hold itself to the standards it holds it people to
This was great to understand the point of view of someone who was there!
Omg! Literally love this book so much and the image you used speaks volumes.
Wow! this was very touching. I like how you wrote from the protagonist perspective! Grabbed my attention.
Excellent post; I liked The Hate You Give and the way you explained your viewpoint on the guilt of America. I also appreciated how you brought up the assumption that black guys are automatically viewed as violent due to their skin tone. What has reading this book changed for you regarding racism and inequality?
Hi, I like the statement you used about the officer only seeing color. A lot of people today say they don’t see color or refuse to acknowledge racial inequities. A question for you that is have you read any other books that included a minority besides Black people experiencing racial violence or other injustices, and how did they impact you?
I really loved your side of this debate. I too agree that America is guilty. Do you believe that this justice system is based on the premises of slavery?
The ways in which racism and violence against black people are justified by societal preconceptions of them are crazy. These preconceptions defend white communities, including the pupils at Starr’s school. How does grief have a way of alienating you? What are the invisible losses of losing someone?
I read “The Hate you Give” in the 9th grade and I loved it. Your post really took me back to when I first read it. Your first-person view really allowed me to feel the emotions I had while reading the book. My question is, what was the strongest emotion did you have while reading?
I love your references and your connections. I enjoyed reading this.
This is my favorite post, The Hate U Give is one of my favorite movies and to see how you created a post from the protagonist’s pov really caught my attention. I think that was really creative of you.
I love the pov. It’s very unique and different. I respect this heavily.
I like how you themed this to be Starr