When I was looking at my Facebook newsfeed this evening I saw that a friend had posted this link: Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed.
Intrigued, I clicked on it and checked out the article on Jezebel.com. Apparently people who saw the movie this weekend (I have yet to see it) were upset by the fact that Rue and other characters were black. The article points out that in the book several of the characters are described as having dark skin. So it made me think- did I picture these characters as black? Did I picture them as white? I honestly can’t remember. But I can also say I don’t ever remember watching any movie, tv show, etc and being disappointed by the race of the actor cast in a role. In many stories in fact I think race can be somewhat of a non-issue. The Hunger Games doesn’t take place in a specific country or even a time that we can relate to so I don’t see race as we see it even being an issue to be discussed. It’s a great story with great characters. I’ll reserve judgement on the movie itself but this article is truly frightening to me. If these are the opinions of our youth, of the future leaders of our country, and if they feel comfortable enough expressing these seemingly racist views then we still have a LOT of work to do in regards to race relations.
I’ll step off my soapbox now and hopefully will see the movie next weekend and will post a review. I’m still working on finishing 13 Reasons Why and The Book Thief which will also be forthcoming reviews! Thanks for being patient!