All Lives Matter!

July 18, 2020

Angie Thomas (September 20, 1988-present) is an American young adult author, best known for writing The Hate U Give. Her second young adult novel, It was released on February 25, 2019. Today’s quote is from her book The Hate U Give.

When she was six years old, Thomas witnessed a shootout. In an interview with The Guardian, she recounted how her mother took her to the library the following day to show her that “there was more to the world than what [Thomas] saw that day.” This inspired her to take up writing.

Her book The Hate U Give is not based on a true story. It is an adaptation of Angie Thomas’ YA novel of the same name. Thomas’ idea for the novel was influenced by a specific incident of police brutality. The book The Hate U Give was made into a movie of the same name.

The Hate U Give tells the story of a sixteen year old girl named Starr Carter. She lives in a mostly black, lower income neighborhood called Garden Heights. Williamson Prep, her high school, is in a mostly white, affluent part of town.Thomas was initially drawn to writing this story, after seeing the reactions that came from the police shooting of Oscar Grant, back in 2009. › 2018/10/08

The American Library Association listed the book ,The Hate U Give, as one of the ten most-challenged books of 2017 and 2018, “because it was considered ‘pervasively vulgar’ and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.”

Thomas cites Tupac Shakur as inspiration for her writing.. She has explained that the title The Hate U Give was inspired by Tupac’s THUG Life tattoo, which was supposedly an acronym for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody.”

Although Thomas’ inspiration for her writing came from a police shooting in 2009, we are still faced with similar shootings in our present day. There have been so many shootings by police that people have demonstrated in many cities across the United States. Just as Thomas witnessed a shootout when she was six years old, today’s little kids are still exposed to shootings.

In my opinion, it is time for things to change. All lives do matter! We should all be treated equally. As a former teacher, I know that everything begins with education.

What do you think Thomas means when she writes “…Be the roses that grow in the concrete…?” Please share your thoughts in the comments. Thank you for sharing!

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