Here is the link to the original article. http://jezebel.com/5896408/racist-hunger-games-fans-dont-care-how-much-money-the-movie-made. My own comments can be found below.
So…can we discuss this a bit? I feel like I’m losing sleep over the fact that people like this exist. Since when, in present day “civilized” society, has it been “cool” to be a racist?
Being Muslim…. I’m kind of used to this sort of things towards Muslims. It’s currently socially acceptable (although still sad and sickening) to publicly make racists comments about Muslims, but I sort of put it in a box. Thought perhaps it was the exception rather than the rule.
I THOUGHT we lived in the 21st century, where race lines are blurring. Religion – sadly still a cause for divide and tension…but with race I assumed (wrongly) that progress was being made.
If you haven’t read this article – read it. Forget about the fact that these people clearly didn’t read the books if they have any doubt that these characters weren’t white. Their limited literary comprehension aside – the blatant racism is MIND BLOWING! This is a good, beautiful, innocent little girl – for people to have such a negative response to a GOOD character, solely based on race (or perceived race)…it’s really demented, and makes me worry about the direction society is moving. I don’t know if people feel comfortable behind the guise of social media – but EVEN if someone in this day in age was racist, I thought they would have at least an ounce of shame or reservation before making such a proclamation publicly (even if only out of fear of other people’s scorn).
Here are just a few of the comments made:
“…when I found out Rue was black, her death wasn’t as sad.”
“why did the producer make all the good characters black.”
“EWWW Rue is black?? I am not watching.”
“Why does Rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie for me.”
Check out the article for more…sadly…there are a ton of stomach churning comments – and this about a fictional character, who happens to be an innocent little girl. It makes me wonder how people would react to real people, real tragedies, and real oppression directed at a white victim vs. a black, hispanic, middle eastern, southeast asian, etc. victim. The reality is, I think the lack of response to those sort of circumstances are ultimately because, white blood is just worth more in many people’s eyes – and oppression will continue to exist – and to thrive – in the meantime.