Two founding members of the Black Lives Matter activist network have denounced the film adaptation of “The Hate U Give,” a 2017 novel geared toward young adults that explores concepts of race and police brutality.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “’The Hate U Give’ tells the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter – played by actress Amandla Stenberg – who lives in a black neighborhood but goes to a white private school. The balance between her two worlds tips when she witnesses her childhood friend die after being shot by a white police officer.”
The Washington Post described the film as “a powerful look at Black Lives Matter.”
BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, recently critiqued the film.
“As Black Lives Matter organizers, we state emphatically that this is not a ‘Black Lives Matter film;’ it is the antithesis,” the activists proclaimed.
Their review said the movie contains “a bevy of problematic messages” that advance “White superiority” along with a “good-cop narrative” that “admonishes Black audiences.”