In an America more divided daily by the rhetoric of President Trump, we in Britain may have forgotten the huge discrimination still faced by people of colour there. ‘The Hate U Give’ focuses on one such problem – police shootings.
Starr (brilliantly played by Amandla Stenberg) is relatively lucky, her loving parents paying for her to go to Williamson, a wealthy and predominantly white school. She leads a double life; “‘Williamson Starr doesn’t give anyone a reason to call her ghetto,’ she says. ‘And I hate myself for doing it.’ She keeps her white boyfriend Chris and friends at a distance from her home life, which she manages pretty well until the night when she witnesses her childhood best friend, Khalil, get shot by a white police officer at a traffic stop” – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press.