north-of-here asked: (cont) Also, I think the fact that most of the people tweeting about the race of Rue and Thresh are teens says a lot about our public education system that is, at least in many areas, unwilling to talk about race. Kids need to be taught to close read details and not view white as the default, but that is clearly, tragically, not being modeled for them.
When it comes to the casting of Katniss and Gale and their ethnicities… we can split hairs forever on that.
What can’t be ignored is the slight felt by those who saw this as an opportunity to cast an actress and actor with REAL olive skin and black hair (albeit a European, Latin or Middle Eastern or Native person), only to see a casting call that specifically called for Caucasian actresses only.
The analysis that you mentioned, no matter how good, has little basis considering we really have no idea how far into the future we are with Panem.
But as for the reading styles of kids… I agree. Way too much blind reading and skimming. What’s worse are the assumptions of white as default and then the indignant attitudes that come along with the realization that they were wrong.
And to all those kids, I just gotta say this…