Justice and The Hate You Give - Coggle Diagram
Justice and The Hate You Give
Idea One : Inequality and Abuse of Power
Throughout the film the idea of Inequality and Abuse of Power is shown very well as the police officers are the ones who abuse their role and look at others differently because of their race and believe that they are superior because they are officers of the law.
Examples of this idea throughout the film include:
The white police officer shooting Khalil when he was unarmed.
The white police riot squad giving a demand to the protesters who are wanting justice for Khalil by using rubber bullets, plastic shields, batons and tear gas.
The two white police officers using unnecessary force on Maverick outside the diner where his family was eating dinner, both police officers pinned Maverick to the ground and treated him unjustly and also threatened seven.
Quotes displaying this idea : "Either you get out of the car yourself or i'm gonna do it for you", "Got anything on you?", "Any drugs?". "Where'd you find her?" "Looking for a score tonight?"
Idea Two : The Role of Media and Technology
Many characters use technology throughout the film to spread awareness of the treatment of African American people.
Examples of this idea is portrayed when:
Starr immediately grabs her phone when Khalil gets pulled over by a police officer and asked to step out of his car.
The people at the diner including Starr immediately when the police seized Mav and how they handled him in that moment.
Starr posting real and graphic images of African American individuals that have suffered and or died at the hand of white police officers on her social media accounts.
Quotes displaying this idea : "Drop the phone", "they are seeking justice", "omg, really Starr???"
Idea Three : Use your voice (to fight for justice)
Many characters especially Starr use the voice and speak up to fight for justice.
Examples of this is revealed in the film where :
Starr uses the loud speaker at the justice for Khalil protest when they discover that Officer 115 will not be indicated, she yells out "Khalil lived"
Starr bravery speaks to the jury as the key witness to Khalil murder, she states that he would have been graduating high school.
Starr challenges Carlos in his beliefs and perspective of the treatment of African American citizens.
Quotes displaying this idea : "Khalil lived" "No justice no peace", "the protest started peacefully it quickly turned violent", "that cop shot that boy in cold blood for no reason", "it ain't right the whole damn system is corrupted" "his life mattered",
Idea Four : T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E
THUGLIFE stands for The Hate You Give Infants F's Everyone this is shown very well throughout the film in many occasions.
Examples of this injustice is revealed in the film where:
Khalil attends the Garden Heights party with Dimond studs and fresh expensive shoes.
2Pac playing on Khalil's car stereo, he explains 2Pac's acronym and meaning to Starr.
Starr shares her knowledge of THUGLIFE with Mav before Khalil's funeral. Mav expands on her idea of THUGLIFE.
Sekani grabbing Mans gun and pointing it t King.
Hailey's assumption on Khalil was a no hoper and a petty drug pusher.
The medias portrayal of Miss Brennan (Khalil's Mother) and the images of the neighbourhood she resides in.
Quotes displaying this idea : "2Pac is the truth", "Pac said THUGLIFE means the hate you give little infants f's everybody", "means what society gives us when we're little comes back to bite them in the butt when we grow up" "Sekani drop the gun", "THUGLIFE this is it the hate you give little infants fs everybody look at Sekani he's the little infant the result of hate and he is about to f everybody." "Its not the hate you give its the hate we give."
The main character of this film, Starr's name carries the thematic weight of the many meanings of the word "star," which emphasises her potential for leadership in her community. Maverick states that he chose Starr's name because she was a light in a dark time for him.
Maverick (Big Mav) Carter
Starr, Seven and Sekanis Father, He used to be a member of the King Lords gang but now is an engaged father who devotes himself fully to his family and neighbourhood. Maverick inspires Starr by educating her on Black Power philosophy and has a chat with the whole family on what to do when you have an encounter with a police officer.
Starrs childhood friend who is shot by 115 during a traffic stop. After his death many people found out that he dealt drugs for the King Lords gang, but he was only doing that as he took great care of his family and only sold drug as his grandma was sick and his mother could not look after them.
Starr's younger brother who has grown up with all the gangs and dangers to do with them around him and towards the end of the film shows that the hate you give little infants really Fs everyone.
Starr's older half brother , son of Maverick, he is the oldest out of Starr and Sekani and wants to protect them at all costs.
Filming Techniques & Scenes
At 1:34 the director uses a wide shot of Starr at the courthouse testifying about what happened at the night of Khalil's death, she describes the type of person he was. "And if Khalil was still here he would be graduating high school." This quote shows to the audience that he was a innocent young boy who had his whole life to live but got cut short because of the police officer that shot him. This quote is a powerful message as it shows how young he was and that he had so much to live for and because of the hate between police officers and African Americans many lives get cut short.
At 56:23 a close up shot is used to portray Star's laptop of her Tumblr account where she posts a photo of the 14 year old African American Emmett Till who was lynched because he was accused of offending a white woman and her family at a grocery store. The riot noises in the background demonstrates to the audience that the role of technology in this film is very powerful as she is trying to make her friends/followers aware of what has happened to her race in the past and how they have ben discriminated against in the past up to now.
At 1:54 the use of a close up shot of Sekani holding a gun after he took it from his dad who was threatening King. "THUGLIFE" this is it the hate you give little infants fs everybody look at Sekani he is the little infant, the result of hate and he is about to f everybody, it's not just the hate you give its the hate we give, but we can break this cycle." This quote demonstrates the whole meaning of THUGLIFE and how Sekani is a symbol showing that the hate we give little infants fs everybody because of the fact that they are surrounded by so much hate and violence between gangs in their neighbourhood and that they know no other way of living.
At 1:07 the use of a long shot shows the family in their home talking about what they should do when they have to interact with a white police officer. "Now when it happens don't get mad." This quote manifest to the audience that the African American race will only be seen one way by the white police officers and be treated differently and that they have to behave in a certain way for them not to get in trouble.
Black Lives Matter Movement
The Black Lives Matter is a decentralised movement in the United States advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against African American people.
A boy of 12, was shot dead in Cleveland, Ohio on the 22nd of November 2014 by a police officer after reports of a male who was "probably a juvenile" pointing a gun that was "possibly fake" at passers by. Police claimed that they told Rice to drop the weapon, but instead of dropping it he pointed it at police. The police confirmed that the gun was a toy after Rice had been shot dead. There were no prosecutions after this case. the Police officer involved was sacked three years later for lying on his application form.
On the 25th of May 2020 George Floyd died after being arrested in Minneapolis, and held down by police officer, one of whom had his knee on George Floyd's neck. He pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Protests broke out in cities across the US, and there were demonstrations in other parts of the world. One officer has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, and three others will face charges if aiding and abetting murder.