Analysis Of The Hate You Give

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The Hate You Give written by Angie Thomas was inspired by a lifetime of events, but the death of Oscar Grant was what prompted Thomas to write her novel. Thomas lived in a poor, black community in Jackson, Mississippi, and was exposed to and witnessed violence on several occasions throughout her young life. She first heard the news of the death of Grant while she was attending a predominantly white university in Jackson where many students made assumptions that Grant was automatically at fault or involved with gangs or drugs. From this event, Thomas realized that the world needed to hear what she had to say in The Hate You Give. Grant 's death by police wasn 't the first nor the last that lead to a community uprising. Since then numerous other cases of police brutality have taken place such as the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Stanford, Florida, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Oscar Grant was an unarmed 22-year-old African American male who was shot in the back while lying face down by a Caucasian BART officer in Oakland, California, on January 1, 2009. The officer claims that he believed he was tasering Grant but pulled the wrong weapon. Witnesses say that the officer immediately said that he thought Grant was reaching for a gun in his pocket and never said anything about pulling the wrong weapon as the event unfolded. The incident lead to a community uprising of peaceful protests which turned into violent riots of looting, burning, and destruction of property
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