The Hate U Give

For many years I’ve taken the position that the white man has been a devil through so many years. This film has caused me to alter that position. As whites who want racial peace, we need to look forward with people of all colors. In the past 2-3 years I feel I have seen more hate against whites in movies and the news than I recall in my 49 years on earth. This film addresses what keep the hate alive but isn’t daring enough to show a solution. That would have been a much better way to end this film.

The Hate U Give (2018) PG-13 | 2h 13min | Crime , Drama | 19 October 2018 (USA) Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. Director: George Tillman Jr. Writers: Audrey Wells (screenplay by), Angie Thomas (based upon the novel by) Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby

Our director is George Tillman Jr. Who directed a film I have seen depicting race and social issues called “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.” Like another director I really respect and enjoy, Spike Lee, his resume reads like a social equality syllabus. While this film was too graphic and didn’t offer enough solutions in my opinion, and it also felt very anti white, I will be watching for his movies in the future. He definitely has a finger on the pulse of Black America. I want to point out though that villainizing whites is racist also.

This shows racism as a chain. It starts with a cop shooting, then we examine the cop. If we find in a grand jury he shot out of self-defense, we let the cop go. But the chain may have started with the black person in the car who reached for something that looked like a gun. Everybody needs to be more conscious of the other race including the cop. Disrespect usually doesn’t cost ones life but when one it told by the police to know move and she/he does, what can I say a terrible and almost impossible situation is created.

I am almost unable to type after seeing this film. It GUTS you. It gives young people a lot to talk about and you know what? It’s a hell of lot more balanced and presented than the racist images in “The Purge One.”

If you plan to go to this, black or white, please bring an open mind. There are times the acting is bad and the writing worse but the message is crucial to all of us so I recommend it in the highest way. Peoples of all colors need to start loving each other and each others’ babies for this to stop. 9/10.

Author: Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is

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