With a white cop fatally shooting a black man in his own Dallas apartment last month, the recent viral video of a white woman calling the police on black man entering his own luxury apartment and another white woman calling the police on a black man babysitting two kids just last week, it is clear that there is not a more pertinent time than now to release the racially-charged movie, The Hate U Give, which spelled out, is “THUG.”
The Hate U Give recently premiered and is based on the 2017 best-selling Angie Thomas novel. The film stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter, a high school student who witnessed her unarmed, childhood best friend get shot and killed by a white police officer.
In the film, Star is battling between two worlds: her preppy, mostly white high school and her poor, crime-filled black neighborhood.
The film also features several well known black actors including Anthony Mackie, Common, Issa Rae and Regina Hall.
Stenberg recently appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to promote the film and revealed that she has seen a lot of white people crying during screenings at the cinema.
“White people crying actually was the goal!” she said. “We wanted to make sure that those who have been affected by the ways the media misconstrues these events actually have a real sense of empathy and are able to place themselves into the shoes of our communities.”
Stenberg said the film is suppose to be a “tool of empathy.”
“It’s meant to ground [the issue] in a personal narrative,” she said, “and hopefully people will have a sense of empathy because of that.”
Stenberg also said the film comments about how black children are robbed of their childhood, thanks to the class battle Carter is faced with.
“They have to be so careful about the way they act and present themselves from such an early age,” she said, “because they understand that they are not afforded a childhood in the way their white counterparts are.”
Stenberg said as much as the film is about educating white people, it’s also about giving black people a chance to see themselves “represented” and “validated on screen.”
“And maybe process some feelings we don’t ever have the opportunity to move through,” she said.