As I said in my video, if you haven’t heard about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, please crawl out from wherever you might be hiding. If you’re hiding.
If you want background on The Hate U Give, I did a Friday 56 a few weeks ago. You can find that here.
I also decided I was going to live comment my reading of the book. I thought about Twitter, but I didn’t want to blow up anyone’s feed, so I took to Instagram. Here are the two photos with comments. Reading during class was not conducive to making comments, so I only have through Chapter 18.
The thing I forgot to talk about in the video is how the questioning of police and the stories put together by the media engage in victim blaming. Victim blaming dehumanizes the victim of a crime, whatever crime that may be. This is an important part of the conversation about how Thomas serves to humanize all of the characters – from the police officer who is humanized by his father in the media, and the other characters who are humanized through Starr’s commentary about her lived experiences.
Okay. Now the review. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.
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Mostly Lit Podcast https://soundcloud.com/mostly-lit
NPR Interview http://www.npr.org/2017/02/26/517305270/the-hate-u-give-explores-racism-and-police-violence