The Hate U Gave

Angie Thomas author of ‘The Hate U Gave’ was recently interviewed by Cosmopolitan. During the interview she was asked about the title of the book and how it connects with Tupac Shakur’s definition of Thug Life, The Hate U Gave Little Infants Fucks Everybody.

“I’ve always been a huge Tupac fan and I often listen to him for inspiration or when I’m stuck. When we were trying to figure out a title for the book, I came across a YouTube clip of him discussing THUG LIFE. Everybody knows that as the tattoo he had, and recently it’s become a funny thing on the Internet where somebody does something bad and you holler out, “Thug life!” But when I when I saw him explain what it means, it hit me that that’s not just in my book, but that’s what we see in society. When these unarmed black people lose their lives, the hate they’ve been given screws us all. We see it in the form of anger and we see it in the form of riots. So when I saw that in the video, it was like a sign.”

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