PLEASE read this story from Jezebel about the racist attitudes towards Hunger Games‘ cast. It talks about how people who, after watching the movie, tweeted how they did not understand why Rue, Thresh, and Cinna were played by Black actors.
In fact, one fan said the movie was “ruined.”
And this tweet…
…why can’t black characters be good ones? Why do they always have to be bad? You know, there are good black people. In fact, most (if not all) black people I know are good people. So I am confused why people are stuck on the notion that black people can only be portrayed as bad.
The tweet that I found particularly appalling was:
I am sorry but this is ridiculous. You were not as sad about Rue’s death because she was black! WOW!
It is this type of racism and misunderstanding about Black people that perpetuate the stereotypes and hinders societal improvements.