Hailey

At the beginning of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Hailey is one of Starr’s best friends at school. Like Chris, she is white and wealthy. However, unlike Chris, she is unwilling to recognize her white privilege or her racial bias. She is also unwilling to admit mistakes or learn. When Starr suggests Hailey’s comment about fried chicken was racist, Hailey is immediately defensive: “After everything we've been through, you think I’m a racist? Really?” (Chapter 7, 46%)

When Hailey learns that Starr is still angry that she used the protest to get out of class, she refuses to apologize, turning the argument back around on Starr: “I’m not apologizing when I didn’t do anything wrong. If anything, she should apologize for accusing me of being raci...

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