The Hate U Give

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The Hate U Give opens on 9-year-old Starr Carter and her brother getting "the talk" from their dad on what to do—and not do—in confrontations with police. Hands flat on the dashboard. Be polite. No sudden movements. "You drop something, you leave that shit where it's at." The scene is poignant and powerful, just like the rest of the movie.

This feature film based on a young adult novel explores an array of themes: what it's like for teenage Starr to straddle the two worlds of her overwhelmingly white prep school and her poor African-American neighborhood; how a lack of economic opportunity interacts with systemic racism to keep many black Americans in near-constant danger; the anguish and anger she experiences when a police officer guns down a friend before her eyes and isn't arrested for it. But The Hate U Give also acknowledges the complexity of the situation. If there is a moral, it's about the importance of speaking out against injustice, whether it comes from outside or inside the community.

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  1. “The Hate U Give opens on 9-year-old Starr Carter and her brother getting “the talk” from their dad on what to do?and not do?in confrontations with police.”

    Police officers should show up to schools to explain their expectations. “Dad” really doesn’t know police policy and training.

    Every PD should have a series of youtubes explaining their training and expectations.

    Every few months we get some story about cops making vague instructions and then shooting people who didn’t do what the cops expected. How about the cops *tell* us what their expectations are *before* they’re pointing their guns at us?

    Do they do this in schools? I’ve never seen it.

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