Yesterday, Twitter honored The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas with the hashtag #AngieThomasAppreciationDay. The hashtag arose after Kian Lawley, an actor cast in the upcoming adaptation of Thomas’s New York Times bestselling novel, was filmed spewing racial slurs including the n-word. Fans of the actor, who was subsequently fired, began trolling Thomas and so #AngieThomasAppreciationDay was born.
The Hate U Give follows Starr, a teenage girl who witnesses the shooting of her unarmed best friend by a police officer. The book is inspired by the many incidents of police brutality against people of color in the United States, such as the deaths of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Sandra Bland, among many, many others.
Many participants offered free copies of the book to a winner who retweeted their messages, while others expressed what Thomas’s work has meant to them and their communities. Take a look at some of the messages of love, support and gratitude below:
So it’s #AngieThomasAppreciationDay, and sharing this quote from THUG. I’m really terrified of speaking my mind, but I try to speak when I am confident that I know enough. Plus, I’ve gotten messages on Redbubble saying that people will put this up on classrooms and libraries. pic.twitter.com/qYq1yLHuZ5
— Shannelle Chua (@shannellechua) February 5, 2018
Her words don’t just help the teens who read her books.
Her words help their parents.@angiecthomas writes books that will help me have hard conversations with my son when he’s older.
I don’t have the words, but she does. And I’m so grateful. #AngieThomasAppreciationDay
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) February 5, 2018
Angie Thomas opens hearts and minds. This weekend she gave a game-changing keynote speech at #NY18SCBWI about race, representation and children’s literature. We are lucky to have her in our community! (Pic is Crystal Allen, Angie & me)#AngieThomasAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/H2XQR0Ut98
— L Halse Anderson (@halseanderson) February 5, 2018
Featured Image Via angiethomas.com and Amazon