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Angie Thomas and The Hate U Give

Twitter Honors ‘The Hate U Give’ Author With #AngieThomasAppreciationDay

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: 





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THUG Banned

‘The Hate U Give’ Has Been Banned by this School District

Angie Thomas’s debut novel The Hate U Give has received widespread critical acclaim and sits (comfortably, for thirty-eight weeks) at the number one spot on the New York Times best seller list for young adult based-sellers. It also made the long-list for the National Book Award and won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction. It’s even been optioned for a film adaptation. And last but certainly not least, it’s been banned from the Katy Independent School District, the public school system in the largest suburb of my hometown, Houston, Texas.


The novel, often shortened to THUG, tells the story of Starr Carter, a black teenager traversing two distinct worlds: the impoverished neighborhood she lives in and the affluent halls of the suburban prep school she attends in the “good part of town”. Then, a white police officer shoots and kills her best friend Khalil and our protagonist, Starr, is the only eyewitness. The incident becomes a national headline and the media of the book acts pretty much exactly like you’d expect: some blame the victim, others see it as a call to arms. 


The Hate U Give

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Clearly inspired by real-life events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, the book unabashedly tackles issues of racism and police brutality. 


I’ve always had lingering disdain for Katy. One of many suburbs that surrounds Houston, Katy thinks it’s all that when it is really, really not. It undeniably blows, and so does this decision to ban the book. If I had to condense my feelings about this into three words, they would be “straight up bullshit.”


Angie Tomas shared the news of THUG‘s ban on Twitter:



Support for the book and the author was immediate and from all over, including teachers from the district that banned the book, who pledged to read and recommend the novel. 


Twitter user Abby Berner tweeted a call to action urging people to call the district office, claiming Superintendent Lance Hindt banned the book without conducting the normal review process, doing so in response to complaints from parents about the book’s “inappropriate language.”


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The book does include profanity, ranging from the typical four lettered shits and fucks that people don’t blink an eye at to the N word, which is the scapegoat the district is using to ban the book. But did they also ban To Kill a Mockingbird or any of the major Mark Twain books? I’d bet good money that they didn’t.


Thomas acknowledges the use of this language and empathizes with why Katy ISD might take issue with it, but she implored the educators to look past the language and focus on the message. Realistically, we all know what’s going on. Scrolling through related tweets suggests that the issue lies within thematically uncomfortable material AKA racism and police violence. 


Neither Superintendent Hindt or the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association has publicly commented on the matter, but Thomas shows no signs of discouragement. “I’m not bothered,” she said.


I am. Bothered and disappointed. 


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Issa Rae and The Hate U Give

Issa Rae Joins Amandla Stenberg in Cast of ‘The Hate U Give’

Insecure writer and star Issa Rae has joined the cast of The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas’s YA bestseller, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.


The story follows Amandla Stenberg’s character Starr, the only witness to the murder of her unarmed friend Khalil at the hands of a white cop. Khalil is vilified in the press, while his murder sparks national outcry. Meanwhile, Starr is the only person who knows what really happened, and this knowledge throws her community into upheaval and puts her and her family’s lives in danger. The book is a damning commentary on police brutality and the treatment of people of color in US society.


Issa Rae

Issa Rae / Image courtesy of Madame Noir


Rae will play April, an activist who helps Starr articulate what she saw and fight for justice. 


Horrified by the mounting deaths of unarmed African Americans at the hands of law enforcement, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland to only name a few, Thomas wrote a short story for her creative writing class at Belhaven University.


Amandla Sternberg

Amandla Stenberg / Image courtesy of Oyster Magazine


The story evolved into a novel a year after Thomas reached out to literary agent Brook Sherman on Twitter. Balzer + Bray won a bidding war fought by no less than 13 publishing houses, and Thomas signed a two-book deal. 


Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, and Sabrina Carpenter are also set to feature in the film.


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