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Watching "The Hate U Give"

Twenty-two students and three faculty members went to see the film “The Hate U Give” in October. Based on a book by the same name, the movie deals with a young black girl witnessing a shooting and her community’s reaction to it.
Nicole Lavin-Williams, a member of the English Department, had this to say about the trip to see the film, “The movie was superb albeit quite intense. There were moments during the film where we adults were concerned that the boys might not understand what was happening or that the subject matter might be too much for them to digest. We were pleasantly surprised, however, later on when we returned to campus and met in Baines to talk about the film. The boys, particularly the younger ones in the group, made some significant observations that highlighted for us both their deep understanding of the film's message as well as a profound level of sensitivity to the issues presented.”
The group talked about race, culture, and identity, and the importance of and how these attributes cause us to receive certain treatment. They talked about prejudice and stereotypes. In January, on Martin Luther King Day, each class will talk about these issues in more depth. The group that saw the movie hopes to bring their thoughts to the larger community to affect positive change. 
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