Controversial Song of the Day: “Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
|Picture taken from crimesafety365.com|
With the recent murder of Trayvon Martin, the fact that hate crimes is a problem in our country has become even more apparent (even though WE are not saying this was necessarily a hate crime). Unfortunately, hate crimes are part of American culture, so much so that several states have laws that protect individuals from being discriminated against or violated due to their gender, race, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
I deal with teens on a daily basis who make comments that they don’t realize could be considered a hate crime–saying things like what another kid is wearing “looks gay” or asking if someone is black just because they have a name that sounds ethnic. I try my best to educate these students, but I think if they read a few novels, they might learn a little bit more.
There are several YA novels that they can turn to:
Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwan
The Hate Crime by Phyllis Karas
Shine by Lauren Myracle
What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum Ucci
I haven’t outright heard anyone complain about the discussion of hate crimes in YA novels. However, I am sure that are several parents who would not want their children to read books about gay teens being bashed by fellow classmates. It’s too negative, too harsh, too…real.
What do you all think– should YA writers keep creating novels focused on teens and hate crimes? Is your novel centered around this topic?