Some Hunger Games “fans” were outraged upon seeing that one of the more beloved characters of the first installment, Rue – a twelve year old tribute from District 11 (you can guess what happens to her, so I don’t have to spoil it – although the book has been out for about four years, and it’s about a bunch of kids killing each other, but I digress) – is portrayed by Amandla Stenberg. Why? If you said because she’s african-american then you’re right on the money.
This brings up two points, one that has to do with reading skills and the other that has to deal with the obvious, racism.
In the books, Suzanne Collins writes when introducing Rue:
“She’s the twelve-year-old, the one who reminded me so of Prim in stature. Up close she looks about ten. She has bright, dark, eyes and satiny brown skin and stands tilted up on her toes with her arms slightly ex- tended to her sides, as if ready to take wing at the slightest sound.”
Did you notice it? Satiny brown skin. Apparently, when you’re being brought up racist they don’t teach you proper reading skills. You just white-wash everything to make it fit in your illiterate small-minded paradigm (case and point: Jesus Christ).
The second, more alarming conclusion, has to do with what people were saying:
And to top it all off:
You can’t feel sad about a 12 year old being brutally murdered because she’s black? [oh, just sue me spoiler police]
Do we really care less about people because of the pigment of their skin? Are Sub-Saharan Sudanis doomed unless they find a way to preform a Michael Jackson on the entire population? Is this why we need celebrities or evangelical nut cases ridden by white man guilt to make us take notice of atrocities that seem to have been taking place since the beginning of time? Could it all be derived from the fact that a difference in color seems to be too big a gap to overcome by ignorant masses?
I’m extremely pissed.