Recent comments made by ignorant fans of “The Hunger Games” shed light on the racism which is still alive in our country today.
When some readers found out that Rue and Thresh, who are described in the book as having “dark brown skin,” are played by African-Americans, they shared their feelings on Twitter.
One Twitter fan posted: “Why does Rue have to be black, not gonna lie, kinda ruined the movie.”
Another fan posted: “Why is Rue a little black girl?”
Posts like this are disturbing, inferring that just because Rue is a little black girl instead of a little white girl, her life isn’t as valuable.
Unsurprisingly, many people found these comments to be offensive, retaliating to the point where a few of the fans who posted these racist comments deleted their Twitter accounts.
It’s great that people are willing to speak up against these comments, but attacking the people who make these racist comments is the wrong way to go about it.
Telling people that they are wrong won’t change their opinions, it will only make them keep their thoughts to themselves.
As Professor Jean Moule said in her speech about unconscious racism at Linfield, she would rather deal with someone who acknowledges that they have race issues than someone who hides it.
People who hide their racism are still going to treat people of other races unfairly. The difference is that it will be in a more passive-aggressive way, which can be much more difficult to handle than someone who is upfront about how they feel.
The racist comments made by these “Hunger Games” fans provides the perfect opportunity to confront the racist thoughts that still remain in our country. Rather than attacking these people and turning them into passive-aggressive racists, we should ask them why they feel the way they do, forcing them to think about their racism.
“Kk call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasn’t as sad,” wrote one Twitter fan, with the hashtag #ihatemyself.
This disturbing quote proves that some people are racist, despite knowing that their feelings are wrong. For this reason, we need to get these people to consider where their racist thoughts come from, helping them work toward becoming more racially accepting people.
I personally thought that the actors chosen to play Rue and Thresh were spot-on choices, and it surprised me to learn otherwise.
I am upset that there are actually people who don’t find Rue’s death to be sad simply because she is black.
Not feeling sad at a child’s death because of that child’s race is how horrifying events like the Holocaust happen. For this reason, we need to work on changing racist views by being understanding and listening to where people’s racism stems from.
Meghan O’Rourke/Opinion editor
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