“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” The point is that it can feel safer. That it’s easier. Neither of these things is what being alive is all about though, as Angie Thomas communicates beautifully in The Hate U Give. I think of myself as someone who stands up for what’s right, but I am certainly silent when I shouldn’t be because it’s safer and easier and available to me with my privilege. I am inspired by Starr to do better. I have had The Hate You Give movie premier on my calendar since I read the book this summer. TODAY IS THE DAY! I hope you go to see it. I know I will be.
Published by Emily P.G. Erickson
Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts