Analysis Of Police Brutality In Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give

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Angie Thomas’ intriguing novel, The Hate U Give associates with police brutality, more specifically a teenage girl who has witnessed the act more than once. The main goal of the protagonist, Starr Carter, is to get justice for Kahlil, a sixteen year old black boy who was murdered at the hands of a police officer. As an act of police brutality, many people believe that Officer Cruise made the immediate assumption that Khalil was holding a weapon, simply because of his skin color. When Khalil was fatally shot Starr was the only person present to witness the act. Now that this was the second time in Starr’s life of seeing someone murdered as an act of police brutality and racism, she knew she had to speak up and help get justice for Khalil and …show more content…
For example Starr’s “two worlds” handle the death of Kahlil very different ways. In the suburbs where Starr goes to Williamson High, her friends who don’t know the whole story about Kahlil decide to protest, however the only reason the teenagers protest is to get out of class. During the day the students start shouting chants,banging on desks, and writing on posters,“ Justice for Kahlil!” The act that these teenagers took place in shows that no matter what the situation, people will do anything to get out of something they don't like. In Garden Heights or “the hood”, where Starr lives, people protest for days on end, for a real cause.The citizens help Khalil's family, they donate money for funeral, and help in anyway possible. They know the effects and live the effects of police brutality and were there to end it. The protests may not have been peaceful but the people had Khalil's interest at heart.Earlier in the novel, Starr states that, “It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black”(47)This quote shows that the people in Garden Heights understand this, because they live the hard life, but the people of the suburbs only think it’s “dope”, because they don’t know anything about the hard life. The novel showed that there are always different ways of handling situations, and one can sometimes be better than …show more content…
One theme that this novel correlates with is, that sometimes you can do everything in your power, but things still may not go as planned, however the key is to keep trying.After it is announced that Officer Cruise would not be going to jail, Starr feels terrible and only wants to give up and stop fighting police brutality.To comfort her,Mrs. Carter says: “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong.The Key is to never stop doing right”(150). This quote explains that things can go wrong no matter how much effort you put in to keep them from doing so. This theme travels throughout the novel, and helps Starr through every one of the obstacles she faces. Another recurring theme is, speaking your mind for the better. Protesting is an example of this theme, many people in the novel participate in protests that are centered around getting justice for Kahlil. Starr claims, “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna to be silent in the moments you shouldn’t be?” This quote shows if you feel passionately about something, talk about it and if you don't talk about it, what's the point of having a voice. I believe the two themes of The Hate U Give, are: Things will go wrong but you should never stop trying, and speak for what you

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