The College of Charleston has given a copy of the book, “The Hate U Give,” to all entering freshmen. As the mother of a daughter who graduated from the college in 2017, the wife of a former police officer, and the mother of a son just starting a career with the police force, I take exception with the book’s depiction of all police officers as bullies.
“The Hate U Give,” inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, means the hate you give infants ruins everybody. It tells the story of Starr, a 16-year-old black girl who witnessed the death of her friend at the hands of a policeman during a traffic stop. A grand jury failed to indict the officer, and violence and rioting followed.
This book could be a learning tool if opposing viewpoints were invited on campus for an open and frank dialogue. However, this will probably never happen because any unconventional opinions would be seen as biased.
The college should have never offered this book. “The Hate U Give” is heavy-duty indoctrination with dire consequences.
It is little wonder why young people might not want to stand for the national anthem or put their hand over their heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.
When the author comes to the College of Charleston campus to promote her book this fall, I will be there representing my law enforcement family. Please join me.