Alex Banks

As the biggest topic in the world continues and protests go on, I feel like people need to take this time to reflect not only upon themselves but also learn more about their fellow people of different cultures and race. It is great to learn outside of who you are culturally and racially. I have many diverse friends and family members and always find it interesting to learn about and accept the other person. I feel that’s how the world needs to transition, because no matter how much we want to deny it we all know hatred is there, and most people (but not all) will have hate for who you are based on what they were taught growing up.

I have been talking to a friend who wanted to learn more about me and what it was like growing up a minority, how that had an affect on my life, what experiences I went through and how I handled them. I explained how it was to the absolute truth, not holding anything back because I wanted her to feel the emotions and try to see these experiences through my eyes without having to be there for it. My friend told me she feels for me and wondered why these things happen. She realizes that she will never completely understand, but stands with me through it all.

We dug deeper and I suggested some of my favorite movies that reflect on the problems that are being discussed. I referred my top three, which are “The Hate U Give,” “American Son” and “13th,” all movies that I believe that reflect the emotion and feeling of what the situation feels like. Those movies will also make you feel uncomfortable as they play out, while also educating you on what people are talking about and why people are protesting.

My favorite of the three is “The Hate U Give,” which follows a teen girl named Starr Carter as she constantly switches between two worlds - the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.

I really recommend watching because there are many Starr Carters in this world, trying to balance not being too black to the world while in order to be accepted, while trying at the same time to remain true to their identity,

Sometimes you just have to let there be one person who morphs you, because balancing two lives is going to wear you out on a mental and physical level. 

From my friend’s comments about these movies, she honestly had big emotions and tears. The movies made her feel uneasy. She said she felt like they wanted to help but couldn’t while also expressing that it felt unreal.....that nothing like the stories told has happened to them. Hearing this is heart-warming due to the fact that she cares about such a serious topic and wants to do something that helps and to make sure that nothing like this keeps happening.

I want to encourage readers to watch those movies if you are curious or want to learn more.

Watch these films with an open mind, and allow yourself to feel and engage with them.

In these discussions, don’t forget to ask the other side, too.