What Shall We Tell the Kids About Race Relations? (And for that matter, ourselves?)
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On Sunday, July 14th, plan on staying for lunch after worship and then join us for a viewing of the acclaimed film, “The Hate U Give”. This is PG-13 rated, and if you have teens in the family, invite them to come. Local 8th grade classes to introduce the topic of race relations have used the book and film.
Parents need to know that The Hate U Give is based on Angie Thomas' award-winning book about Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a black teen who witnesses the fatal police shooting of a close friend. Like the acclaimed novel, the movie deals frankly and powerfully with race and racism. It also addresses the tension between the police and the communities they're supposed to serve and protect and the differences between teens growing up in predominantly African American neighborhoods and those from affluent white neighborhoods. Moments of violence are realistic and often. Families who watch will have plenty of big issues to discuss afterward; hopefully teens will also appreciate the movie's messages about standing up for what you believe in, being proud of who you are, and communicating honestly with your parents and friends.