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SMHS Chicano Latino Studies Classes Hosted The Film “The Hate You Give”

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Ricardo Valencia
Aracely Aquino and Joleth Vazques, both a Junior and Senior who are enjoying the film. Photo Provided By Ms. Pineda

Santa Maria High School’s Chicano/Latino Studies classes recently hosted the film, “The Hate You Give (THUG),” during lunch in honor of Black History Month.

The film centers the experiences of Starr Carter, who is constantly switching 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.

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“I really enjoyed the movie. It gave me a better understanding of what African Americans go through. I also loved how it was a film based in a high school setting, so that is more relatable to us.” – Mahlia Gonzales, Junior

“I highly recommend this movie because it shows us some aspects of Black culture. It is important to celebrate because this is how we show our respect for Black people.” – Aracely Aquino, Junior

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“The film was good. I recommend the film and these types of events to have everyone from different ethnicities feel appreciated.” Jackie De Jesus, Junior

“My students and I noticed a lack of schoolwide opportunities for our students to celebrate Black History Month. We therefore took it upon ourselves to host a fun and engaging event that would bring our school together to elevate the achievements and struggles of the Black community.” – Ricardo Valencia, Chicano/Latino Studies Teacher

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