“It is impossible to be unarmed when our blackness is the weapon that they fear.” These words are some of the most powerful that I have ever heard, but they are often misused today in a way completely unintended by the woman that spoke those words.
In the movie The Hate U Give, Starr witnesses her best friend get shot by a white police officer in what seemed like a routine traffic stop. What happens next is the telltale story where the Black community rises against the officer and his family for the unarmed shooting of yet another “innocent” Black youth.
This movie had so much potential to help heal relations between the Black community and the police, but the liberal ideologies displayed throughout the entire movie sought only to do more damage and promote societal ignorance to the false sense of widespread racism.
As soon as the movie begins, we are greeted with the type of “talk” that is popular in movies and TV shows today. The father is giving good advice to his kids about how to deal with interactions with police, much as my parents gave me. All too often this is singled out as something only people in the Black community have to do, but I, and everyone else, have to follow the same rules. To suggest that cops shoot only Black people who don’t follow a set of strict rules is ignorant and untrue. Unfortunately, it’s a lie that many regard as fact.
The best stories are told without using words, but allowing body language and carefully crafted scenes to let the watcher infer the hidden meanings for themselves. Starr lets us do just that, by making us feel like she is being singled out by being the only Black person in an all-white school.
The crux of the movie comes when Starr and a childhood friend get pulled over for a legitimate reason, but the circumstances regarding the traffic stop are far from being portrayed transparently. It should be an area of focus, because the writers of this novel, and subsequent movie, were reckless in how they portray the police officer carrying out a normal traffic stop.
The police officer follows normal protocol at the beginning of the traffic stop and asks for the driver’s license and registration. He also asks them what they are doing out so late and why they were driving erratically. Starr’s friend, the driver, becomes hostile with the officer and belligerent with the officer’s simple questions and demands. As Starr’s friend became increasingly belligerent, the officer starts to feel more on edge and unsure of the situation.
This is an area that the movie missed out on explaining. Police officers faces threats even during what should be the most simplest of stops. For someone to be so hostile during a minor traffic stop, surely the officer had cause to be worried and on edge that something might happen. At this point, the officer has no idea who he is dealing with. He just knows that he’s dealing with an increasingly belligerent person who could potentially have a weapon or escalate the situation to violence. People with nothing to hide do not malign cops just doing their jobs, but people with malicious intent may very well do just that.
The officer continues following protocol, and goes back to his car to run the registration. And here is where the biggest debate in recent years came full circle: the hairbrush that the driver just had to go back for.
When an officer pulls a hostile person over, they have the authority to detain the said person by the vehicle with or without cuffs. It is to ensure the officer’s safety, by separating the person from potential weapons that may be concealed inside of the vehicle. It is a particularly difficult concept for some people to understand, but it is a reasonable and simple order.
After the officer goes back into his car, the driver makes the fatal mistake of going back into his car. White, black, yellow, or blue, it is never a good idea to go back to your vehicle or reach into your car after being belligerent with an officer and being asked to step away from your car.
The driver, fueled by far-left feelings of perceived racism, goes back to his car for a hairbrush to show that he is in control here, not some pig pulling him over to be “racist.” When he pulls the hairbrush up towards his hair is when he is fatally shot by the police officer.
It’s important to realize that the movie doesn’t accurately portray police protocol, something that many movies and TV shows miss or omit quite frequently.
An officer rarely shoots without commanding a suspect to show his or her hands or to drop his weapon first. To further advance the movie’s plot though, the police officer was silent before shooting the driver, making the fatal shot seem even more unprovoked.
Dash and body camera reveal the truth of how most police officers treat these types of stop. Most of the time, a suspect is told to drop their weapon, show their hands, move away from their car or weapon or they are tased before exiting their vehicle. To be clear though, cops have every right to pull a weapon, be it a taser or a gun on someone who is belligerent and someone who the cop thinks might be reaching for a weapon. The unrealistic part is the cop not saying anything before fatally shooting the driver in The Hate You Give.
Ultimately it is not a story of cops against the Black people or minorities, but a battle between the truth and propaganda that the left and mass media likes to spread. Tupac said it best, “THUG LIFE, the hate you give little infants f**ks everyone.”
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