“The Hate U Give” is an amazing book which illustrates the importance of being brave and speaking up for what you believe is right. It shows that raising your voice will not only inspire those around you, but also add awareness to significant topics, such as racism. As we already know, America is suffering from a disease of racism, where black people are getting oppressed too often; not only by the average citizens, but also by police officers. We know for a fact that in “The Hate U Give”, Khalil and Starr, two innocent teenagers, were just driving their way home from a party, when a random police officer pulled Khalil’s car over for no reason. The police officer acted suspiciously towards Khalil because he neglected his orders and thought he had something to hide. When the police officer asked Khalil to step out of his car and stand still, while checking the vehicle’s registration number, Khalil walks back to his car, sticks his head through the car window to check on Starr, grabs a hairbrush and is then getting shot by the police. You can obviously tell that Khalil shouldn’t have made a move when receiving a concrete order by a police officer. However, it was a very unfortunate situation, because the police officer thought Khalil was armed, when in reality he just wanted to talk to Starr. Regardless of the teenagers’ skin color, the irresponsible move by Khalil could have caused a police officer pulling his gun at a white person too. That being said, the racist part is clearly that the police officer shot Khalil in his chest, and not in his legs. A leg shot is not that lethal compared a chest wound.
When Starr and the police officer realize he actually was holding a hairbrush in his hand, and not a gun, the incident created a media storm. Starr was the only one who faced this incident besides the police officer, which got her traumatized for life and afraid to speak up. However, she eventually understood the significance of raising her voice for her dead friend and how it could mean justice for Khalil if the police officer got convicted. In the book, it was once said that “what’s the point of having a voice, if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”. This is an important reminder everyone should think about, and probably what I like the most about the book. I find it unnecessary using weapons or violence towards others to be heard, as long as we use our powerful voice to achieve justice. During a neighborhood demonstration for Khalil, Starr ended up raising her voice, telling everyone she was the witness of the incident, and how unfair the majority of black people gets treated by the police.