lesserjoke asked: I haven't been able to see the movie yet myself, but one of my friends made the following comment: "It did surprise me a little that they chose to portray the rioters in her district as overwhelmingly black instead of going for a mixture of races. Obviously the movie didn't condone the tactics used to quell the riot, but it almost seemed to play into the stereotype of blacks as being more violent and aggressive than other races, since they were the ones to riot in the first place." Any thoughts?
Well… I might end up spoiling a few things for you in my response.
District 11, according to the books, left many believing that the district was predominantly black. In Catching Fire, we’re introduced to a guy named Chaff who, like Rue and Thresh, is described as being dark skinned. He’s a previous victor from District 11.
So, the movie took some creative liberties with that scene. It didn’t happen in the first book. Katniss and Peeta do what’s called a “Victory Tour”, where they visit all of the Districts and make a speech and yada yada yada. While in District 11, Katniss says something that touches the hearts of the citizens (I won’t say what). One guy salutes her, and then gets shot in the head by a peacekeeper. THEN a riot breaks out and Katniss and Peeta are rushed out of dodge.
Once Katniss goes back home to District 12, she learns from a secret transmission sent to the mayor that District 11 is now in complete revolt. I think this was the scene that they snuck into the movie.
I didn’t take offense or try to read into it in a racially offensive way. Rue’s death was the saddest of them all… enough to conjure up the emotions needed to start a riot. If it HAD to happen in one of the districts, it would have to have been D11.