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The Hunger Games and Racism

There has been a good deal of discussion of racist reactions by fans of the Hunger Games when they saw the film and for the first time realized that the characters they loved were Black all along. Here is an example:

K call me racist but when I found out Rue was Black her death wasn't as sad. I hate myself.

K call me racist but when I found out Rue was Black her death wasn't as sad. I hate myself.

I think this commentary is quite interesting and on point, but I want to point out something else that involves troubling race images in relation to the Hunger Games. In my email inbox the other week, I received a note from amazon, welcoming me to explore the world of the hunger games. Although the book has racially diverse characters, it seems that someone in marketing overlooked this fact. All but one of the characters featured in these materials appears to be Caucasian.

Here is a screen capture of the email I received from amazon:

It looks like all white people.

It looks like all white people.

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