(I use the term “fans” lightly because fans of hunger games should be literate since it was a book.)
But I digress. Anyway let’s look at the Black characters in the book / movie : Cinna, Portia (haha she was black too), Rue, Thresh and District 11.
Rue was sweet innocent, but cunning.
Thresh was righteous, quiet (because he was righteous in an unfair world), really strong (and was trying to be used by the careers for his strength) and compassionate (no spoilers)
Cinna and Portia were the only people in the Capitol that cared at all about this unjust society, and wanted to make Katniss and Peeta look like human beings not pawns in a capitalistic form of consumption, that makes them out to be objects of entertainment.
District 11, was a black, segregated district (by economics technically, which is rooted in racism- much like today) and is the 2nd poorest area (much like today again.) They along with district 12, are usually the first tributes to be killed because it’s an unequal playing field when the poor tributes are starving and overworked, while the career districts (1, 2, and 4) have a leg up in training and money, and favors from the capital (divide and conquer technique to keep the working classes from uniting much like today and suburban areas in america.)
In summary, the characters being black illustrate that either 1. Black people (and poor people, but black people esp. since the district is segregated into one race) are not given a fair opportunity at life and are set up to fail. 2. Black people in most situations regardless of class, know that they can easily be in a lower class and be treated and similar way and therefore won’t side with oppressors (in most situations anyway, Clarence Thomas is an exception)
In lamens terms if a fan, who has been living in the bubble of aversive racism and meritocracy , were to read the book, and then find out that these kind, hard working characters, 1.who got dealt a really dirty hand just because they’re black, or 1.got dealt a good hand with the rest of the capitol, but refuse to buy into the lies of oppression and know others are set up to fail and do everything in their power to give them opportunities were black they could no longer live comfortably in that bubble. Hence, the racism.
If the careers who are stupid, vicious, and bloodthirsty were portrayed as black, then you know those racist fans wouldn’t have batted an eyelash. That’s the stereotype they’ve been given to believe that society is fair. However, if characters like Rue are black, and they have to attribute the same feelings of guilt at her lack of opportunities to racism , their whole world gets shattered. Instead of realizing Collins just taught them reality, they rebel against it like idiots on twitter.
Having said all that lol, can you imagine if Katniss had actually been olive-skinned . More Shit would’ve hit the fan.
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