“Hate U Give” Inspires Teen Reflection

Contributed PhotoLEAP’s Elvert Eden submitted this write-up:

Forty LEAP teens recently watched The Hate U Give“at Bowtie Criterion Cinemas in New Haven. After receiving a generous donation, LEAP’s Leaders In Training viewed this movie about a young lady who is constantly switching between two worlds—the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right (Audrey Wells).

Additionally, The Hate U Give has strong messages about community, activism, family strength, courage, compassion, redemption, and being proud of who you are. It also promotes the importance of open communication between families and friends, and of police engaging with the community without racism or prejudice. This movie reminds everyone that it is important for all people to stand up for those who can’t stand for themselves, speak out against all injustices, and never judge a book by its cover.

LEAP Leader In Training Espoir Irumva, had this to say about the movie: “The police should have better relationships with the people by engaging in community events, getting to know people on a personal level, and be firm but fair.”

Another leader In training, Kenya Saleem, remarked: “I come from a black and white household and I understand where Star is coming from. How should I be around black people? How should I be around white people? Do I pick a side? Do I stay quiet if I don’t agree with something? I don’t really vocalize myself because I see firsthand how divided we are as a people and I never know what to say or do”.

Like most teens, these two young people want to see change in this world and want everyone to be loved and respected equally. Everyone should watch this movie! It’s a must see.

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