THE MOST POWERFUL QUOTES FROM THE HATE U GIVE

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After finishing The Hate U Give, I spent an hour crying. That was all due to the powerful words in the many The Hate U Give quotes that stood out the most and had to be shared.

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happened to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

“Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.”

“That’s the hate they’re giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That’s Thug Life.”

“The Hate U–the letter U–Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. T-H-U-G L-I-F-E. Meaning what society give us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out.”

“We want freedom. We want the power to determine the destiny of our black and oppressed communities.We want an immediate end to police brutality and the murder of black people, other people of color, and oppressed people.Complete freedom, justice, and equality, by any means necessary.”

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re scared, Starr,” she says. “It means you go on even though you’re scared.”

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug. He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died. Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending. It would be easy to quit if it was just about me, Khalil, that night, and that cop. It’s about way more than that though. It’s about Seven. Sekani. Kenya. DeVante. It’s also about Oscar. Aiyana. Trayvon. Rekia. Michael. Eric. Tamir. John. Ezell. Sandra. Freddie. Alton. Philando. It’s even about that little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first–Emmett.”

So…which of these The Hate U Give quotes moved you the most? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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