The Hate U Give: Fault Lines

Police brutality is a very controversial topic which many people tend to side one way or another.  The novel, The Hate U Give, depicted a police officer shooting an unarmed man and the struggle to seek justice for the innocent victim, Khalil.  However, I see this more of a depiction of how the media responded very poorly to the situation.  Just because Khalil was from an “undesirable” location that was full of gang activity, the media automatically assumed he was part of it as well.  There is a problem when the media takes it upon themselves to react without having the whole, truthful story.  The way I see it, everyone deserves a chance to have their story told in a situation such as this.  Whether Khalil came from a bad neighborhood or not, it should not reflect the definition of who he was as a human being.  Many people are surrounded by “undesirable” circumstances, but it does not define them as a person.  The media was very much at fault for dehumanizing who he was and not seeking the truth.  The media’s focus was ratings, nothing else.  Whatever fueled people to pay attention to their coverage was the most important aspect of their job, shamefully.  This may mean skirting the facts or totally disregarding the truth to get people to respond in their favor.  Ratings! Ratings! Ratings! 

Another fault I see is Starr should have had help dealing with her emotions, which she did not.  She had already witnessed two of her friends being shot, one from the age of ten and then, Khalil as a teenager. She should not have to go through her life trying to overcome her emotions on her own.  Sure, it was a regular occurrence of people getting shot due to the gang activity, but it does not change the fact that Starr needed counseling.  To grow up having gone through such a tragic loss at a young age, made her face emotions no one child should have to deal with on their own.  Khalil’s murder added to her pain for which she still had no counseling.   Her parents knew she was a witness to a drive-by shooting when she was ten and did not get her counseling, or so it was not seen to have occurred.  That, in itself, was a poor move as a parent.  However, she then was a witness of another friend’s death and still no counseling was made available for her!  Why wasn’t counseling automatically part of her daily life?  Why does it matter if gang violence was a regular occurrence, she should still get counseling!  Isn’t a parent’s job to protect their children??  I believe her parents wanted her to have a good life, but her emotional needs were discounted in a major way.  Do you think her parents were wrong in not getting her counseling from a young age, or do you think her environment, in their eyes, prepared her for what was to come?

One thought on “The Hate U Give: Fault Lines

  1. Leslie, to answer your question, I don’t think counseling was necessary. I mean sure, getting professional help about situations can be good in the aspects of healing. But, the question of whether or not Starr would have felt comfortable enough to reveal such personal matters to a stranger needs to be considered. Also, after learning more about Starr as a person, I personally don’t think she would want to. That is, how would the counselor understand emotionally of what it’s like to witness something as far as murder? I don’t think Starr would want sympathy and quite frankly, she doesn’t want to draw attention to herself. As for her parents, they would have to respect whatever decision Starr chooses in terms of dealing with the death of her friends. It might appear as though Starr needs counseling, but I think by her parents and community supporting her was kind of a substitute of counseling.

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