The ideologies behind “The Hate U Give”

Over time the American culture has been seen as many things, but there are good and there are bad. A big discussion in American culture that is often neglected is the talk about racism and how it is still at work today. My artifact is the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book shows a different side of the story, which is often pushed to the side to make the white man look good. This book talks about how even though the world thinks we are all equal, we clearly aren’t. This book talks about how the killing of a black man is justified by the protection of the white cops and the issues everyone is talking about. This reflects resistance against ideologies by showing racism is still a big part of our country. Most other ideologies are about black men selling drugs, black men and women doing drugs, black men being a danger to the society, and black people being THUGs. Thomas supports and rejects ideologies against black males and females. 

Thomas supports the ideologies that black people are dangerous, that black people are thugs, and that black people sell and do drugs. She supports these ideologies by showing all the riots the black people start and how they lose control of themselves and start breaking and messing up the environment around them. She shows that black people are thugs because of the gangs and gang wars that go on within the story. Ms.Thomas also supports the ideology that black people sell and do drugs when she says in the story that one of the main characters name Khalil is selling drugs. She also supports the ideology that black people do drugs when she says in the story Khalil’s mother was doing drugs along with half the town. 

Angie Thomas rejects some ideologies such as all black people do drugs, all black people know what they are doing and sell drugs because they want to, and that black people are poor because they don’t do what they need to do to succeed, and that black people are dangerous, and that black people are thugs, and the She rejects the ideology that all black people do drugs by showing the families fighting to get the drugs off the streets of their hometown. She also rejects what I think is the most dominant ideology which is black people know what they are doing but they just choose to sell drugs. Thomas proves people wrong and rejects that ideology by taking us through the life of people who struggle. For example, in the story two main characters were talking Starr and Khalil. Khalil walks into the party with new clothes “looking good” as the ladies at the party says and Starr asks him how he got the money for all of that stuff he had and he says “ I took on a new job” meaning he was selling drugs for the biggest ganglord by the name of King. What Starr didn’t know and later found out was that Khalil’s mom stole from King and the only way to save his mom from being killed was to sell for King. What most white Americans don’t seem to realize or want to realize is that black people are living in a world made to go against them/us.

Yes I do understand that there are very famous black people out there that are rich, but whenever someone brings that up they never ask such questions as: What did that person have to endure to get to where he is? What hate was shown towards him? What racism did that person face just to be accepted? How many times was that black person knocked down? And how many times did they have to get back up? There are many things black men and women have accomplished and i will say many are recognized for that, but the one thing that is truly never recognized is the journey it took for them to get there. Another major Ideology that Ms.Thomas rejects is that all white people understand or know when they are saying something racist. She shows this in her story when Starr and her friend Maya get into an argument because Maya was saying racist comments but didn’t understand what was wrong with what she said. She says that she feels bad for the cop being hated on and his family for killing Khalil, but the bad part about that was that she never once mentions Khalil’s family. She told Starr maybe Khalil deserved to die. I think this rejects the ideology that all white people know what they are doing because Maya clearly didn’t know what she was saying was wrong. That just showed how racism is taught at home and how it’s being passed from parent to child in every generation.

Most people use THUG as an abbreviation. It was originally said by Tupac “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone” This can mean so many different things to so many different people but to most black people it means whatever the world set us up with or gave us as kids is what we give back when we are older. That means the hate, the anger, the feeling of being singled out and hunted. These ideologies have been used and spoken of for a while but most never listened. This book was written to all people. It was written to the black people to show that they aren’t in the wrong for any protest they want to do. But it’s also written to the white people to show that this is what goes on in the real world, and that we have a chance to stop it but it’s up to all of us as a whole. Although some ideologies are supported, many others are rejected. We can clearly see that some ideologies still remain out there but it’s time for the younger groups to step up.

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