Not Even Close, America

Before I start, I will give you readers a clue as to what this blog is about.

1) Why does it matter?

2) How poor are your reading comprehension skills?

3) Did you even read the damn book?!

So, there are several people familiar with the Trayvon Martin incident, right? A black unarmed 17-year-old was shot by a white-hispanic, self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, claiming self defense.

This blew up into a ginormous racial issue, given Zimmerman suspected Trayvon of “looking suspicious” wearing a hoodie walking from the convenient store (a bag of skittles and ice tea in his possession) back to his father’s friends’ house. Both were on their phones, Trayvon talking to a girl telling her he’s being followed, Zimmerman on 911, explicitly told not to follow Trayvon.

Eventually a scuffle, screams, a gun shot, and a dead Trayvon.

Is anyone familiar with the book series, and now a movie called The Hunger Games?

WARNING: SPOILERS?

The premise is, there was a big war about 74 years prior, in what used to be called North America, it’s not Panem. It is split into 12 Districts (13th was demolished during the war) and the Capitol, the Capitol runs the districts, and as a reminder of their power every year, each district sends a boy and girl, age 12-18 to fight to the death in The Hunger Games, only one survives.

I have not read the books, so this part is what I got from the movies, district 10-12 are the poorer of the districts, while 1 and 2 seem to …breed, their children for the Hunger Games.

From roaming the net, I gained that District 11 is the agricultural district, basically it’s full of farmers, and I also gathered it’s based on the American South and almost like an “homage” or allusion to the old slavery times, stricter rules and such.

The main character, Katniss, stands in formation with the rest of her district, 12, and her little sister’s name gets pulled out of the drawing, Primrose or Prim, and Katniss volunteers in her sted.

Enter Rue and Thresh, the biggest 2 names Twitter has come to know over the weekend.

Page 45:

“She’s the twelve-year-old,
the one who reminded me so of Prim in stature. Up close she
looks about ten. She has bright, dark, eyes and satiny brown
skin and stands tilted up on her toes with her arms slightly extended
to her sides, as if ready to take wing at the slightest
sound. It’s impossible not to think of a bird.”

Page 98 I believe:

“The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark
skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there.”

Clearly stated here, yes?

For me, when Harry Potter was going, before a book or movie release, I would go back and re-read all of the books that I had, obviously leaving it up to the next book to add more, or for the movie to just, show me what I pretty much have just read, I realize not everyone is like that, however, I would like to think those who claim to be a big fan of the book series, or in the very least know which character is who by merely looking at trailers before the movie comes out, have read the books. AND I would also like to believe that these fans, who are really excited, might have had a chance to read the books more than once, depending on when they first read the series, correct?

So, tell me, why is it that there is a freakin’ Tumblr page dedicated to displaying moronic overreactions to Thresh and mostly Rue BEING BLACK?!

I won’t even bother posting the screen shots of these fools, but the Tumblr that is responsible for shedding light on the stupidity is here. It was things like this that made me fear getting on Twitter, I didn’t want to see a bunch of self-entitled idiots rage about something they can’t even comprehend in a Young Adults’ book, let alone things that matter like politics.

I go back to my questions in reverse order:

3) Did you even read the damn book?!

Through very little effort I found the exact [first?] descriptions of the two characters from District 11 and the EXACT page numbers they were written in.

Sure, some people have claimed that they read the books so long ago they forgot. So apparently, every character is white until proven otherwise, and after some time they forget and just imagine them white by default.

2) How poor are your reading comprehension skills?

For those who HAVE read the books fairly recently, or those who say they’re obsessed and know the books front and back, then I must question your comprehension skills, and your education.

I’m almost 25, and I can’t imagine classes and tests (in particular, the SAT and ACT and whatever standardized tests the different states may have) can not have changed so much in that time as to drop the reading comprehension portions of the test, can they?

One of the saddest things I’ve seen in writing books practically emphasize the art of skipping, so you try to cut down on the “boring parts” such as over-describing characters/settings, but that short bit of a sentence to both characters along with their District as a whole which is later described to portray the southern US alluding to slavery times, is over looked by numerous amounts of so-called obsessed fans, it’s beyond ridiculous

1) Why does it matter?

This is the most important part, why have some hashtagging morons felt like it was such an important factor in their lives to tweet about it, not only tweet about it, but rage about it, complain about it, as if their little sister (which is what Rue is set-up to be) has been hiding the world’s biggest secret (in this case, how to keep a tan year round)?

Several tweeters literally said “the movie is ruined” or ” not going to watch it now” or a personal favorite “#sticktothebookDUDE”

The worst ones, get really racial, stating things like “nigger” in regards to both of them (mostly Thresh in this case) OR that “I always saw Rue as this sweet innocent blonde girl,” (there have also been those who thought red hair and freckles!).

So, due to her skin being darker than a “tanned girl” (another impression people thought she was), she automatically lost every ounce of sweetness and innocence? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING?!

I LOVE Rue, she got me emotional, she’s my little sister! Her and District 11 had me ready to riot while reading. BUT, because she’s black in the movies, I have wasted any sort of tears and emotional investments I had in this girl.

That’s pretty much the gist of what these moronic “leaders of the future” have been saying.

If people are that upset saying she’s “not innocent” due to being black, Trayvon never stood a chance.

We have got to do better than this, America.

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