The Hate U Give: A Powerful Novel Inspired by Black Lives Matter

Redaksi PetiknetSaturday, 9 December 2023 | 13:56 WIB
The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give

PETIK.NET - is a 2017 by , who was inspired by the movement and the police shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009. The follows the life of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil by a white police officer.

Starr struggles to cope with the trauma of losing Khalil, as well as the pressure of being the only witness who can speak the truth about what happened that night. She also faces the challenge of balancing her two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy private school where she attends.

As the media and the public start to portray Khalil as a thug and a drug dealer, Starr decides to use her voice to seek justice for him and to challenge the systemic racism that plagues her community.

Plot Summary

The novel begins with Starr and Khalil leaving a party in Garden Heights, a predominantly black and poor neighborhood, after hearing gunshots. On their way home, they are pulled over by a white police officer, who orders Khalil to get out of the car and frisks him.

When Khalil reaches for a hairbrush inside the car, the officer mistakes it for a gun and shoots him three times, killing him instantly. Starr is devastated and terrified, as she remembers another time when she witnessed the death of her friend Natasha, who was killed by a stray bullet when they were children.

Starr is taken to the police station, where she is questioned by a detective and a lawyer from a local activist group. They advise her to keep quiet about the incident until the investigation is over. Starr's parents, Maverick and Lisa, pick her up and take her home, where they comfort her and tell her that they love her.

Maverick is a former gang member who now owns a grocery store, while Lisa is a nurse who works at a clinic. They have two other children, Seven and Sekani, who are Starr's older and younger brothers. They also have a close relationship with Starr's uncle Carlos, who is a detective and lives in a suburban area.