People of Color, different races. My language lacks words to describe “other” races, but we’ll see how it goes with English.
One of currently most visible books with a black person as main hero is Angie Thomas “The Hate U Give”, a.k.a. Thug. The title is probably self-explanatory, and I don’t need to add anything to it. I didn’t plan to read it, really, haven’t heard all that much good about it, until I actually started looking into things. Then BookTube happened, and now I know I need to read it. At the very least to educate myself a bit on this, because let’s face it, my country couldn’t be whiter, I’ve no idea what racism really is, but I sure as hell should learn, being a different kind of minority.
So here’s three reviews that stuck with me, and why:
This young woman here missed the race point completely. She constantly questions it: why is it about the race? Why do you hate officers? So your black friend was shot because he’s black, from a bad neighborhood and it’s a tragedy? It’d be a tragedy if he wasn’t black just the same! – Which is not the case. Yes, it would be a tragedy. But the case lies in a different question: would he have been shot if he was a white guy? Rather, as we constantly see on tv and news media, he would’ve been properly apprehended, questioned, and most likely released. It happens all the damn time, where people of color, different race, are labeled thugs, terrorists, murderers – damn white rapists, terrorists, hate-filled scum walk among us, charged and released. So my own point here is this: be aware.
iLivieforbooks tells about the balance: the need to adjust when you’re a black kid from primarily black neighborhood, and go to a primarily white school. She also touches the previously mentioned subject: Starr friend was shot, because he was a black guy from a bad neighborhood, and touches a different edge of the same truth. People are not allowed to grieve their lost ones, because all the while they’re bombarded with half a country yelling: he probably deserved it anyway. I like that she mentioned interracial dating too, I always found that curious, and she shone some insight.
Two Worlds: black neighborhood, and white “neighborhood” – the school. And while we are accidentally told that the characters might just very well be aliens, Problemsofabooknerd barely contains herself telling us of characters, how they are, what are their personalities, and how they fill each other out. Then she touches another important subject: White privilege. I admit, I myself wasn’t aware of having such for a very long while, and only recently I started to notice things. Truth is this: when you live in a super white country, with black people number so small you could count them on your two hands, you don’t know what you have, because you simply have nothing to compare it to. Or you tell yourself that. A few years back I watched the news, and they spoke of gypsy communities, which we do have here, and they are treated poorly, for reasons, or no reasons. And I realized a very simple, but very true fact: okay, so I can’t get a job in my damn town. But if there was a spot, and there stood I, aiming, say, at waiter job, no prior experience, and a gypsy woman, with plenty of prior experience: I would get hired. Because, as a white person, I get the benefit of the doubt, and that’s the biggest, fattest privilege anyone can ever ask for.
So these are my three muses who “told” me to read this book. Each one of them is important, whether their review was good, bad, or biased (NOT IMPLYING ANYTHING). As Philip DeFranco keeps repeating us: we must have a conversation, and we must educate ourselves. Hate without a reason means only one thing, that you chose to be ignorant. And in an age of information being under our fingertips – it has no excuse.