The Importance of The Hate U Give To Any Generation

'The Hate U Give' Is Not Only The Movie We All Wanted But Also The Movie We All Need

It took a movie to open the eyes of the blind, but it takes a movement to enact change.

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Warning: this article contains spoilers about "The Hate U Give."

The reality of today is sadly lined with increased cases of police brutality against the black community. There's still a rift between races. Although some might say we are equal, color runs deep within society's roots and remains as impactful as it did when the black community fought centuries ago for freedom, for their political voice and for their equality. If I've learned anything as a witness of today's events, it is that although the fight may have changed to fit different causes, it is the same fight. Lasting throughout the millennia, it is evident that the black community is still facing the same racism, the same discrimination and negative views from society: whether it be trying to fit ideal European beauty standards to lacking their representation on screen.

This is exactly why "The Hate U Give" stands out above all others.

Not only did it address these faults within society, but it did so bluntly. As brutal the attacks are against the black community today, so did this movie attack viewers just as violently — uprooting deep issues in society, almost like a rallying cry for the start of a revolution. This movie not only produced a great story, but it dug deep and cut deep, speaking not only to its teenage audience but also to the higher generation, the upcoming generation and those of any racial majority or minority.

The problem with film today is not only its lack of representation but its convoluted definitions of controversial labels, such as that of "a racist." Even at school, I overhear conversations where someone will refer to a friend or a classmate as "that black guy" and be called racist because defining an identity by a descriptor, their ethnicity, is seen as demeaning. However rude, the definition of "racism" and a "racist" simply doesn't apply.

Not only is this mistake common, but it seemingly stems from outside sources, whether it be other friends, family, film or society. With film, directors and producers attempt to stray from such titles through the addition of a single actor of color or play such labels as comedic — what we know to be our stereotypes today.

When I originally decided to watch this film, I was only given the light hearted version of this impactful story: that of a girl who defied odds trying to balance a life "in the hood" and in a white upper class neighborhood, only to see them clash when her best friend dies from a police encounter gone wrong. Ultimately, she figures out everything in the end. I saw it as a happy story: a story meant as a quick summer film with a few recognitions but quickly burned out spotlight. When I finally watched it, I realized its depth and the importance of its underlying message: T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.

T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. : "The Hate U Give Little Infants F*** Everybody".

Its meaning? Hate fosters.

It spreads, not only through relationships or through minds, but through time and generations. It grows and snowballs so the final duel is no longer an argument but a war — a fight that can only last as long as the hate took to grow, if not longer. Having this as the central theme was a bold move, as it resembled and highlighted the discrepancies and parallels seen in society today. Most importantly, it called out discrepancies from both sides of the war.

The most obvious is the real life parallel drawn with the death of "Khalil," who was gunned down by a white police officer after he was pulled over for no reason, and the hairbrush in his car was perceived as a gun. In real life, there's the recent death of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., who was gunned down by a white police officer who had mistaken him for the hunted mall shooter. Then there's unarmed Antwon Rose who was also fatally shot when he was pulled over by a white police officer.

The effect was tremendous: it showed the struggles of the black community from the eyes of a girl within the community of white viewers. Throughout the entire movie, we saw Starr struggle, not only in trying to mold herself into the expectations of each race but in trying to explain to the other side her predicament.

This attempt in explanation would only further highlight to each side their own faults and allow a look into the life of the other side's fight. Especially when it comes to showing the after effects of Khalil's death, where Starr would face her labeled "racist" friend for not blaming the officer for shooting Khalil because "All Lives Matter." The viewers saw Starr's story, completed in what ended in a fight against barred and armed white officers in riot uniform against a crowd of unarmed, angry black protesters.

It left the question: is this who we are? Who we want to become?

THUG LIFE. It taught me that we need to let go of this hatred we hold today. If not now, it will only grow and set a grimmer reality and future for our people. Highlighted at the end of the movie, Starr's little brother was the little infant who grew up within this division and the hatred blossoming around their society. He ended up having to wield a gun to protect his family from that same hatred — an event scarring both him and the viewers. More importantly, this movie taught me that we need to put up arms not against each other but against the source of our division.

There is no future more toxic than that of a society run by labels, money, privilege and color. We are to learn from the past, not repeat it, and if we know of the incoming storm, we should attempt any efforts to forego such a destructive outcome. Hatred fosters more hate, and two wrongs do not make a right. Violence can not be answered by more violence, rather through forgiveness can we spark change.

I can't stress enough how important this movie is for everyone to watch, not only to enjoy, but to listen and understand. I can only hope this movie is the first step to a larger journey and shorter road — a final march home to end this hard fought, drawn out fight.

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Dear Taylor Swift, Christians Are Not Homophobic Bigots, Sincerely, The Majority Of Christians

Taylor, you need to calm down when talking about how most Christians act.

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When Taylor Swift released her newest single "You Need to Calm Down" last Friday, I didn't agree with the entire message of the song, mainly because of its heavy political overtones. But as the great Dick Clark once said, "It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it." So, for what it is, it's really easy to dance to this song, and I can see it becoming a pretty big hit.

But then the video came out, and I saw something that really bothered me.

In the music video for "You Need to Calm Down", Taylor is seen partying and hanging out with multiple LGBT+ icons in honor of Pride Month, such as the hosts of Queer Eye, RuPaul, and Ellen Degeneres. There's also a moment with Taylor, dressed as French fries, renewing her friendship with Katy Perry, who's dressed as a hamburger, which is as amazing as it sounds.

However, there's another cast of characters which acts as a foil to the happiness and colorful joy which is taking place in the video. There's a group of protesters surrounding the trailer park where Taylor and all her friends live. They're all dirty, buck-toothed, and dressed like your typical redneck stereotypes. They're also holding up protest signs while screaming at everyone in the trailer park. I saw one of the signs said something about Adam and Eve, and I realized most of the protesters were most likely meant to represent Christians.

And that...didn't sit well with me at all.

I know that these people never explicitly said they were Christians in the video, none of them even wore a cross. But, whenever someone sees anyone protesting rallies and organizations such as Pride, I can guarantee you that most of the time, the first thing people think is that they're from the Westboro Baptist Church, which is notorious for its protests. And I won't lie, there are some Christians who act that way.

But if you haven't heard this yet, let me be the first to tell you that not all Christians act like that. In fact, most of them don't act that way.

Christians don't agree with the LGBT+ lifestyle because of what the apostle Paul wrote in the book of 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). However, Jesus never once taught that just because you don't agree with a person doesn't mean they're automatically your enemy (Matthew 5:44). Christians are supposed to represent the love of the Savior of the world, which encompasses every and all aspects of humanity. This definitely includes people whose lifestyles we don't agree with. By not showing love to certain types of people, we are directly going against one of Jesus's greatest commandments.

Not agreeing with people is one of the cornerstones of humanity. It's a divisive world out there to be sure, but that doesn't mean people from any side of the debate need to perpetuate the division. Grouping all Christians into one group of hateful bigots is no different than Christians grouping all the members of the LGBT+ community into one group of evil people. One of the key elements of Christianity is showing people who have different beliefs from us the same love Jesus would show to anyone. And I know I'm not the only Christian who wants to show love to people of all walks of life. I may be the only Jesus they ever see in their lives, and we all wish to express the same love to others.

So Taylor, it looks like you're the one who needs to calm down on this issue.

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10 Relatable Struggles That People With Glasses Will Definitely Understand

I constantly feel the need to take off my glasses because it's a struggle just having them on.

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Have you had someone take your glasses off your head without permission and you wonder why they didn't ask first? Or have you ever broke them and had to face the consequences of not being able to see (okay, maybe this one is just me).

There are times where I love my glasses because I'm thankful that it helps my vision, but like most things, glasses definitely have its disadvantages.


1. I cant find my glasses without my glasses.

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You don't have to wear glasses to understand that when/if we lose our glasses, we have to bend down and squint everywhere to find them. Coming from a fairly irresponsible person, I have lost my glasses more times than I can count, and I normally need all the help I can get to find them.

2. You can't drink something hot without not being able to see anything.

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I remember I was at a restaurant a year ago, and I had to put my glasses on to see the menu because it was on a big screen. And when I sat down to drink my hot chocolate, my glasses fogged up, and I, for some reason, didn't notice. So I ended up tripping over the table when I stood up to leave. I don't think that this is necessarily a "struggle", but it's just plain violent.

3. They are SO uncomfortable!

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I have a very low tolerance for pain, so keeping my glasses on for a long period of time hurts the bridge of my nose, which then causes me to take them off. If I take them off, I know I will have to put them back on at some point, so I just leave them on and bear the "pain". It's a complicated process that I make myself endure everyday.

4. The rain wont stop, even if you take your glasses off.

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Normally, I won't put glasses on in the rain because I know what will happen if I do, but I can't control when the weather decides to change. So sometimes I can walk outside with perfectly clear skies, and if it suddenly starts raining, I need to either put them away or constantly clean them. They are both equally bad.

5. Try watching a 3D movie with glasses.

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I think this is the worst scenario so far because not only do I look and feel ridiculous with six eyes, but one of them always has to slip off, making me focus more on my glasses than the movie. You can probably assume that I can't enjoy 3D movies often.

6. Wearing something that makes cleaning your glasses harder.

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Winter can get really cold every now and then, so I have to make sure I wear the right clothing. If I wear wool, my glasses will get smudged when I clean them, thus making them more dirty, which is opposite from what I am actually trying to do.

7. Longing for contacts

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Have you tried complaining to you friend about how annoying having glasses is and they just say "well why don't you just get contacts?" and you know that you can't just "get" contacts whenever you want so instead you just long for them? I long for contacts even if I know that they may have disadvantages too because a day in the life of wearing glasses can be unbearable at times.

8. Resting in bed is a big NO.

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If I have a free day and just feel like lying down in bed to watch a movie on my laptop, my glasses get squished together, and I have to constantly worry about breaking them (which I have definitely done before). Sometimes people just tell me to lay on my back and turn my head to watch the movie, but everyone with glasses will know that that's not how it works.

9. Constantly complaining about glasses to your friends who don’t wear glasses

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"Just get contacts" is a saying a lot of my friends have always said when I complain about my glasses. Firstly, contacts can't just magically appear in my hands when I want them to, and secondly, I'm sure contacts have their disadvantages, too. I can't explain to them that they don't understand because they don't go through all the struggles since they have great vision. And to really understand, I would recommend actually wearing glasses.

10. You find the need to take them off whenever you can, and it turns into a hassle.

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I am not one to wear my glasses 24/7, just when I really find the need to. I don't like how I look in glasses. They give me a headache very often and get painful at times, but at the end of the day, I'm thankful that I can see with them, even if that means going through a series of hassles every day.

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