Uyên Phạm - HW3

Pham Thi To Uyen-SNHU20E1 1. Summarise key points of ONE chapter (focusing on key themes/ words/ events only). Chapter 6: Group 4 Starr is escorted to a police station to give a statement regarding the night Khalil was shot by a white cop. She feels anxious and terrified, recalling her father's lessons on appropriate police behavior. She meets Detective Gomez, a woman of color who is meant to be empathetic, but Starr does not trust her. The investigators ask her things that make Khalil look terrible, such as his motivations and the presence of a weapon. Starr tries to defend Khalil, stating he was unarmed, grabbed for a hairbrush, and was her friend. However, she is irritated and outraged because the cops appear to be more interested in putting Khalil on trial than in investigating his death. Lisa steps in and asks the investigators why they are questioning Starr and Khalil instead of the officer. She also demands a lawyer and informs them that the interview is over. Starr and Lisa leave the police station with the impression that they will not receive justice for Khalil and are concerned about the implications of speaking up. 2. Choose one statement/event/detail/character in the chapter and analyse/comment on this (at least 100 words). In chapter 6 of the book "The Hate U Give", the detail "Starr notices that Gomez is a woman of color, but she does not trust her. She also feels the need to code-switch and avoid sounding "ghetto" in front of the detectives." is the detail I really impress. When Starr is called to make a statement to the police regarding Khalil's killing, she is confronted with the brutal reality of racial profiling and prejudice. She does not trust Detective Gomez, despite the fact that she is a woman of color, since she is part of the system that oppresses and murders black people like Khalil. Starr links the police with violence and injustice, and she does not feel they will listen to her or care for her companion. She also feels pressure to code-switch, which is to adapt her language and conduct to match different social circumstances and avoid seeming "ghetto," a negative word for black culture and speech. She does this because she is afraid that the investigators will evaluate her poorly based on her color and social status and will not take her seriously as a witness. This element demonstrates Starr's battle with her identity and self-esteem, as well as her need to traverse several cultures with different expectations and conventions for her. 1
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