What does W.E.B Dubois’ concept of ‘double consciousness’ tell us about the main character Starr Carter, and life as a black American? What does it tell us about recent police shootings of unarmed black men? What does THUGLIFE mean? Is the message of The Hate U Give one of despair or hope when it comes to race relations? How do these themes connect with other recent films and the comedy of Key and Peele and Dave Chapell? These, and other questions are explored.

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