The Hate U Give, directed by George Tillman Jr., hosted a pre-screening of the film on the two dates September 25th and 27th, 2018, inviting the Centralizer staff to view and react to the film. The story initially began as a novel, written by Angie Thomas, with a large readership. However, George Tillman Jr.’s adaptation will officially be released at select theaters in on October 5th, subsequently expanding to more theaters after October 19th.
We thank the team at 21st Century Fox for inviting Centralizer staff, providing even more free showings for underprivileged students in various metropolitan areas, Philadelphia being one of them. The free showings in Philadelphia will be on October 6th and you can reserve seats at https://www.amctheatres.com/group/the-hate-u-give. In providing free screenings to students from inner city school across the country, the producers of the film are on a mission to spread the message of the film, exposing the innate divisions in American society and the immense inner turmoil these divisions create in the lives of African-Americans.
The film specifically centers around the life of a young African-American girl named Starr Carter traversing through her junior year of high school. She struggles to simultaneously maintain a balancing act between her life at her primarily White private school and her home life in a low-income neighborhood. As a result of her divided world, she feels unwelcome in both antipodal arenas, feeling “too White” for her home community and “too Black” for her school community, always drifting in an ambiguous middle.
One night, she is in a car with her childhood best friend, Khalil, when they are stopped by a police officer for unidentified reasons. The police officer soon fatally shoots Khalil when mistaking his hairbrush for a gun. The hairbrush is a staple in African-American culture, representing that Khalil’s only crime, his only conviction, was being Black and practicing his culture.
As Dr. Elliot Drago, a social studies teacher at Central states, “His only crime was driving while Black.” All of this content is shown in the trailer of the film, this fatal event setting the stage for the rest of the film, centering around the criminalization and dehumanization of African-Americans in society. Starr even states in the film that the problem with our society is that we deem African-Americans as American, but only with with a hyphen. When the narrator refers to the hairbrush and asks, “Does this look like a weapon?”, the response is, “In his hand, yes.”
After watching the trailer of the film, Central High School students reacted with the utmost support, Samira Chetri (278) comments that “The film humanizes victims of racial violence rather than just seeing them as a statistic.” As 21st Century Fox is providing free admission for students across the country to view the film, it provides a possibility of exposing the truths of society to those who are most affected by the perception of race in America. It is our friends, our siblings, and our classmates who bear the burden of living in daily fear due to the color of their skin and only we can make a difference. It is also our friends, our siblings, and our classmates who bear the burden of feeling confined to racial stereotypes, trapped between two worlds.
Going to one of the most diverse schools in the country, we are sometimes unaware of the vast divide between cultures in America so spreading this message of enlightenment to students can foster worlds of growth as a society and community. Dr. Elliot Drago states, in reaction to the publicity of this film to teenagers, “It sounds like a great learning opportunity and I can only hope that it will finally engender constructive discussion about race in America.” This film is the raw and uncensored truth of America. As Tupac said, “T-H-U-G-L-I-F-E. The Hate U Give Little Infants F**** Everybody.”
Yasmine Mezoury (278)