Books not only tell stories, but they also share lessons. The Hate U Give is a great example of that. This is a novel about living with racism and injustices.

The Hate U Give: a girl living with racism
The Hate U Give: a novel about living with racism and injustices.
Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

The Hate U Give is a 2017 young adult fictional novel, wwritten by Angie Thomas, an author from Mississippi. The novel tells Starr Carter’s story, a 16 year old, African American girl. This girl, like many in the world, struggles with racism and the consequences derived from it. Don’t read farther unless you have read the novel. Spoilers ahead.

In the novel, Starr lives between two opposite worlds. On one side, she lives in a poor neighborhood, and on the other side, she attends to a rich suburban preparatory. The perfect combination of scenarios allows her to see the two sides of racism and hatred. But, it also makes her live with the double of injustices that racism brings with it.

The novel relates how Starr’s life was almost normal until injustices and hate became bigger than ever, thanks to racism. Starr was at a party until a shooting broke up, so she was driven home by her best friend and crush Khalil. But on the way, the teenagers were stopped by a white policeman. A police officer, who under his racist prejudices, makes Khalil get out of the car to requisition him.

The Hate U Give-girl living with racism
The Hate U Give-living with racism.
Original book-cover from goodreads
Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

The novel gets even more interesting when he leans into the driver-side window to check if Starr was ok. At that moment, thanks to his racist prejudices, the white police officer fires three shots into Khalil. Then, Khalil’s death becomes a national news story, with Starr the only witness of the horrible act, full of hate.

In the novel, Kahil gets shown by the media as a drug dealer who was armed that night. After the grand jury fails to indict the white police officer, the neighborhood erupts into peaceful protects. The situation makes Starr reveal that she is the witness and take a public role.

The Hate U Give is an inspiring and oerwhelming novel. It is a story about a girl that stood up against racism, hate and injustices. It is about a girl that became the voice of a horrible murder that was a consequence of the racist prejudices.