T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. = The Hate You Give Little Infants Effs Every- body. These are words one of the greatest rappers and influential beings of all time, Tupac Shakur, had tattooed across his torso. At first glance, one would think this is a typical old-school hip-hop artist tattoo that symbolizes street life back in the day. Looking a little deeper, this was actually an acronym for a crucial cycle of societal violence, but it was only the beginning… The movie The Hate U Give, is adapted from the popular young adult novel by Angie Davis. The story follows Starr Carter, a young black student who attends an elite prep school. She is caught between two worlds – her life at home and her life at school. When she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman, Starr finds it difficult to continue living these two versions of her self. From a young age we are told to speak up for what we believe is right, but how often do we actually stand up when
we see or hear that we dis- agree with? The film challenges us to do so. The main character Starr is faced with an ultimatum, either speak up for Khalil when she witnesses him get shot by a police officer who claimed that he was armed, or continue to live her life as it is and let it be forgotten, even though she knows the truth to the story. Speaking up for Khalil comes with many consequences, starting with being targeted in her community and branching into exposing the reality of her lifestyle to her peers at the prep school she attends. Living a double life be- tween her home in a lower class neighborhood (majority black) and attending prep school in a rich neighbor- hood (majority white), Starr represents a reality for many teens: feeling like they can
only show parts of themselves in different environments be- cause of how people would perceive them. Growing up in a world where black men, specifically black teens, are falsely accused and murdered on a daily basis, this topic is imprinted in many of our minds, highlighting the idea of police brutality in America. Alexis English, ‘20 feels that, “The Hate You Give is a movie that needed to be made, as it makes the police brutality issue more of a reality to those who don’t understand, and even if they aren’t going to understand, this movie will raise awareness.” The movie puts a twist on this idea, suggesting that we are not born with this mindset, stating that the hate we show young children carries on, allowing this vicious cycle to continue over time.