Today I read a very disturbing news article online about the reaction of some viewers of the Hunger Games to the fact that several of the main characters are black. Now these people consider themselves fans and considering the movie had the third highest opening weekend takings of all time they are probably very keen fans of the books. If they’d read the books carefully, characters like Rue were described as having dark complexion or dark skin, fairly clearly written to be black. The article I was reading has several twitter screen caps of the reactions which were disgusting in their racism. “Why does Rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie” WTF? Seriously? Another reads “call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasn’t as sad.”

This kind of amazingly outdated racism astonishes me. I’m the first to admit that I grew up in a very white area. Other nationalities were certainly around and at high school there was a wider variety of race but if you look at my school photos the class is very white. I was NEVER brought up to believe that it made me better than anyone else. How can people think that these kind of attitudes are ok?

Someone commenting on the article on twitter did point out that they are young kids and had twitter and social media been around when I was a teenager we all probably made some stupid comments too but these are forever recorded for the world to see.