Media’s Roles in The Hate U Give

     How does media impact our thought? Media is a way to know the news in this life. Most people would watch different types of media in order to gather more information about an event or a situation in the world. There are so many different companies around the world that work in media. Even though media companies are expected to tell the truth no matter what, some media journalist do not have a complete commitment. Therefore, not telling the truth impacts our lives negatively because we would not trust the media. There are five behaviors different media companies obey in their work. They are the truth, bribe, fabrication, an anonymous source, and bias. After reading The Hate U Give novel, I noticed that Angie Thomas talked about three types of behavior media used. Media in this novel plays three roles which are as a fabricator, as an unreliable, and as a bias.

     Angie Thomas mentioned the fabrication of the news in the part where Starr says, “The news basically makes it sound like its Khalil fault he died,” (140). Unfortunately, the news only mentioned that Khalil was a drug dealer and a gang member as well. Also, they did not talk about the details of how he was killed. Consequently, media’s focusing on the drug dealing and gun stuff affected on people in the area where he was live. The news affect on people in different ways such as their thoughts, their emotions, and their lives. The news in The Hate U Give fabricates the reason that Khalil was killed to make it his fault. According to what Angie Thomas wrote “There are multiple reports that a gun was found in the car,” the anchor claims. “There is also suspicion that the victim was a drug dealer as well as a gang member,” (140). These two sentences have a complex explanation of how media fabricates an event. First of all, does the law say that anyone who has a gun must be killed? Second, does having a gun in the car even if Khalil did not hold or point the gun at police make a difference? Third, the problem is not that Khalil was a drug dealer. However, the problem is the reason behind Khalil is murder.

     Furthermore, Angie Thomas has mentioned a way of fabrication which the most popular way the media use it which is sharing pictures that are not related to the issue. Looking at a picture does not give you the whole truth behind the story. Starr says that “Hailey hands me two pictures… One of the pictures they’ve shown on the news. Hailey printed it off the internet Khalil wears a smirk, gripping a handful of money and throwing up a sideways Pease sign.” Then she continued “The pictures only show so much. For some people, the thugshot makes him look just like that-a thug,” (339). Angie Thomas in this part has shown us how the news chooses sensitive pictures to change their meaning. Consequently, people who see these picture their thoughts will be impacted. This is how media use to impact our thoughts. Hailey tells Starr what she thought that Khalil was a drug dealer. “He was a drug dealer and a gangbanger,” (341).  News in The Hate U Give shared Khalil’s picture which he was throwing money. Therefore, the media’s goal is to convince people that Khalil was a drug dealer as well as a gang member. Of course, the public will believe because if he was not, then where all that money came from. We can not judge people from a picture like that. Instead of thinking badly, we can think a positive way and say that may be Khalil had not owned that money, he only took a picture with. Also, we can ask someone who is closer to Khalil. As she explained, “But I see somebody who was happy to finally have some money in his hand,” (339). 

     Unreliable sources which we should not believe or even should not watch and listen to their news. Despite the fact that there is nothing real against Khalil and nothing reliable, media in The Hate U Give shares that unreliable reports and use them against Khalil. When we return to what Angie Thomas wrote and read what the news has said again “There are multiple reports, etc,” (140). We can see there is no name from one of those multiple reports. Also, Angie Thomas wrote “The anchor claims,” (140). Who is that anchor? From where the anchor got this information? To repeat, the news has nothing official. Therefore, they said “There is also suspicion that the victim was a drug dealer as well as a gang member. Officials have not confirmed if any of this is true,” (140). Consequently, it can be clearly understood that media in this novel use unreliable sources in their news. There is only one reason of why they did that which is to make something from nothing.

When we look over what media has shared about Khalil’s story, we can see that they tend to make it his fault he is murdered. Therefore, everything they share was talking about his life as a drug dealer and a gang member. They did not deep in details why the police officer shot him immediately. Moreover, the police officer not only shot him ones. Starr says “He opens the driver’s door. (“You okay, Starr-“) Pow! One. Khalil’s body jerks. Blood splatters from his back… Pow! Two. Khalil gasps. Pow! Three. Khalil looks at me, stunned. He falls to the ground,” (23). Accordingly, the police officer has shot Khalil three shots. Even though there are some events against the police officer, media tend to make the whole story Khalil’s fault. Obviously, the media was biased to the police officer.

     In summary, Angie Thomas wrote a strong novel which talks about the police violence as well as media violence. She mentioned a lot in her novel which explains what some roles media plays in our lives are. According to her novel, we have learned three roles media plays in order to change our thoughts. They are a fabrication, unreliable sources, and bias. First, Angie Thomas has told us Khalil’s story and how media fabricates the reason for his murder to make it his fault. Second, she has illustrated that the media used unreliable sources to support their news. Finally, she has shown us how the media tends to hold the bias. The roles that media plays in The Hate U Give are based on media’s roles in real life. Angie Thomas has created this story from related stories that have happened in real life.

Author: Ahmed Alsaleh

Works Cited
Angie, Thomas. The Hate U Give. New York, Balazer & Bray , 2017.

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