Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Hate You Give-A Book Review

I listened to this book on my Audible app. The narrator is Bahni Turpin. In today's society it is 'fashionable' to bash cops. I figured that is what this book would be about. I was surprised to find that it was about so much more than that. 
 But mostly it is about Star. Star is from a gang-controlled neighborhood, who attends a mostly white school outside the neighborhood. Her daddy has a store in the neighborhood and her mama is a nurse working at a clinic. She has an older  brother (from another mother) and a little brother. One night, while she is attending a party, she runs into an 'old friend' that she has grown apart from. They leave the party together. He is pulled over by a cop and asked to exit the car. Then he is shot by this cop who thought he had a weapon, but it turned out he did not have one.Star finds out that her friend was supposedly a drug dealer and a gang member. She becomes the witness that is called into the Grand Jury to give her testimony to what happened. The Grand Jury does not find the cop guilty and the rioting begins in her old neighborhood.

The book is very riveting when giving the perspective of officer involved shootings from the side of a black person. I cannot imagine living my life with that much fear of people who are supposed to protect me. But, I am also a white person who can see the side of the cops who are afraid of every traffic stop they make, regardless of the color of the person they are stopping. Most of you know I have a cop son. And I worry all the time about him being shot. I think it is going to take BOTH sides to be able to walk a bit in the shoes of the other side to solve our racial problems. I wonder if it will ever happen.

The characters in this book are very well developed and will be hard to forget. I think this would be a great book for all high school (or even middle school) kids to read. The racial issues in America are a real problem. It is past time to figure out how we can all live together and get along. 

This book will get **** from me! 
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15 comments:

  1. My son is not black. He's a blue eyed blond. Yet, as a teenager, he and a friend were pulled over because they were wearing their baseball caps backwords. I had a talk with the police chief and told him that was not acceptable. I've known a lot of good cops, but unfortunately have met my share of bad ones.

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    1. I agree with you about a lot of good cops and a FEW bad cops. But that is true of every profession. And it seems the cops are what the media wants to focus on. THAT IS WHAT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ME. The media needs to have some blame for these unnecessary deaths, in my opinion.

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  2. I've heard really good things about this book. Glad to hear you liked it.

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    1. It has a fair bit of foul language. But then I hear that is okay with the kids.

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  3. I am with you. We need to reach an understanding of each other to live in trust and peace. Unfortunately too many have no interest in making that effort and they pass their prejudice and hatred down to the next generation and it just rolls along for decades. I don't know what the right answer is but a book like this - if it changes even a few people's perceptions can't hurt. It is like chipping away at a big problem and it will just take time. But not in my life time I fear. Great review. I will check this out. By the way, my brother-in-law is a retired cop - I know the feeling you have for your son's safety. He even spent 5 years undercover in narcotics. A terrible and risky time for him and his family, but he loved his job and he was good at it. Thank God there are people who do that work. Bad apples are in all professions - guess that will never change. Thank you for your son's service and your support of is work. Your perspective shared here helps - chipping away, just chipping away.

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    1. Many times I think so much of the prejudices are brought about by both sides. I accept what I am responsible for. But I think the other side needs to take responsibility too. It is time to stop blaming white people for the slavery years. It is time to put the past in the past and move forward. That is just my opinion. Yes, we are chipping away...evre so slowly!

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  4. Amen, it is way past time to figure out how we can all live together and get along. It's so sad. We are all human beings and should all be treated with respect.

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  5. I'm so glad you enjoyed this--I LOVED it! I've been recommending it to my students and encouraging them to share it with their parents.

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  6. Youre a better gal than me, my friend. Given your inclinations/presumptions, I doubt if I'd have even opened the first chapter. Angry, yes.
    Surely your phrase, "I think it is going to take BOTH sides to be able to walk a bit in the shoes of the other side to solve our racial problems." is wonderfully put. From your lips to God's ears!

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    1. But it's time to get over the anger. Don't you think? I do wish each side could see the other side though.

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  7. It is a huge problem. I think I may like this novel. I don't know what the answer is. I think the disparity in income is the biggest culprit. Poor people join gangs and commit crimes. More blacks are poor than whites so they are under greater suspicion with the police. White privilege is a very real thing regardless of how many white people try to deny it.

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    1. I don't agree that it is a problem with poor people. I grew up very poor and had a lot of poor friends and I don't know anyone that joined a gang or became a criminal. I think it is just more a black/white thing. Doesn't seem to matter whether they are poor or not. Many very wealthy celebrities have talked about how they are treated with suspicion when out and about. And I don't feel the white privilege thing either. But I am sure it is there. Maybe I am one of those who are trying to deny it! I do think it is just as important for the black people to try to see that TODAY's white people are NOT slave owners and that the slave years happened in both of our past. It is time to put the past behind us and move forward! Just my opinion

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