Stereotypes In The Book 'The Hate U Give'

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Siera Groenewoud Mrs. Dines English 1 Period 2 January 27th 2023 The Hate U Give Essay Did you know that in the 2015–2016 school year only 15% of students enrolled in US schools were Black students and yet they made up 35% of the students suspended once, 44% of the students suspended more than once, and 36% of students expelled. (dosomething.org) In the book “The Hate U Give” readers learn about the effects anti-black racism can have on people and their communities. Angie Thomas shows multiple stereotypes, prejudices, and discriminations in the book through the experiences of the protagonist Starr Carter. These experiences together have a big effect on Starr and the other characters in the book. The book shows lots of examples where Starr deals …show more content…

An example of this is when Khalil was shot by 115 although Starr at first was scared to stand up and talk on his behalf she eventually realized that standing up against 115’s racist behaviour was the right thing to do. She was very scared to speak up at first because she didn't want people at her school to judge her or for King to come at her since Khalil was seen on the news as a drug dealer. But after Starr was talking with Kenya and Kenya said to Starr that “Here you are, with a chance to help change what happens in our whole neighbourhood, and you staying quiet. Like a coward.” (O,Thomas, page 131) Starr decided that she knows that speaking on Kahilis behalf on the news is the right thing to do and that if the roles were reversed Kahlil wouldve stood up for her. Another example of this is when she went to the protest and near the end decided that she was going to use her voice and give a speech at the protest and that's exactly what she did. She ended up standing on top of a car and gave a beautiful speech about how it “ isn’t about how Khalil died. It’s about the fact that he lived. His life mattered. Khalil lived!” (O,Thomas,page 267). My final example of Starr using her voice within her neighbourhood is when at the end of the book Starr and lots of other people in the neighbourhood stood up against King and snitched on him for burning down Mavericks store and dealing. Doing this the whole community including Starr was able to take King down and overall make the neighbourhood a much better

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