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The Hate U Give

I used to read at least a book a week before we had kids. Now I’m lucky if I get 5 in a year. With any free time I get I always feel like there are so many other things I should be doing, and by the time I even think of reading I’m too tired. BUT that’s all changing. I’m making time because I truly enjoy reading, and I’m trying to so something I love at least 15 minutes a day. Its good for you as a person to do something you love…..

It’s truly amazing how authors can take you on this journey that allows you to totally get lost in it. Stories that make you feel emotions and have powerful messages are truly amazing. I’ve always preferred books over movies. I love getting lost in an entire different world. Many a times my hubby has come home to find me sobbing in bed wondering what in the world was wrong. All I could say to him was, “this book .. the story.. its just .. so sad” through sobs … I know he thinks I’m crazy! Lol

My interests in what type of literature I enjoy has changed the older I get. In college I really loved the happily ever after romance books. My first year teaching 8th grade language arts I started to read some young adult books and got into some fantasy and sci-fi books. Now I really like deep and emotional stories.. stories that make you feel and have powerful messages. I just finished one called The Hate Y give… I honestly couldn’t put it down. And it’s now been made into a movie!

This story is about an African American teenager getting shot by a white police officer in front of a childhood friend. The kicker, the boy wasn’t armed and wasn’t breaking the law. It was an awful incident that didn’t need to happen. The novel deals with the fall out and the racism that often happens in situations like this. It was a heartbreaking and evoking story.

So many people have no idea the struggles others go through. There’s a lacking of empathy and compassion in today’s society. Its only been a little over 50 years since the Civil Rights movement and some people are still living in the past. Me personally, I was raised not to look at color, but a persons character. If they were kind then they were good people; no matter the color of their skin. My Momma raised me right, and I’ve never been more thankful for that than now! I am even blessed with a mixed sister.. who is a wonderful human being, albeit sassy and independent, but beautiful and strong.

I have never understood why the color of peoples skin has ever mattered. If they are a decent human being that should be what matters. Who’s to say one persons skin tone is better than another’s. The way we judge others and handle racism in today’s world breaks my heart. People think we’ve moved forward from the past, but there are plenty if people stuck in it.

Maybe if people became a little more educated about the root cause of what is happening in our world surrounding racism there would be more empathy and understanding. Maybe, just maybe they can start to become a decent human being. One can pray for that. If we lose our humanity, what do we have left? What’s that song? What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

If you haven’t read the book, The Hate You Give, please do! It’s full of amazing insight to things a lot of people don’t think about. Racism affects so many people. Remember in this life, be kind. That’s all that should matter.

Much love,

Chef Charley

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