Okay everyone, grab your pencils grab your notebooks and take a seat. Cate Matthews (@cateematthews on both Twitter and Tumblr, follow her) is about to break it all down for you guys.
Her video very quickly and simply shows us the way we’ve all been taught to default the people that we envision in books and generally in our minds as “white”. Unless we’re heavily (HEAVILY!) spoon-fed other bits of information to say otherwise, which even then sometimes fails.
Cate also shares some interesting research that shows the staggeringly low representation of minorities in recently published children’s books and the top 10 box-office movies.
This video was sent to me by chronic-nostalgia (thanks!).
P.S. - Cate’s name looked familiar to me and I then realized that she’s the same person that made this tweet.
Unfortunately it went over a lot of peoples’ heads (They didn’t get the connection it had to Rick Santorum and a foot-in-mouth comment he’d recently made but I thought it was funny)
P.P.S - Cate gets bonus points for the Squirtle and Charmander pics up on her wall in the background.
The New Yorker: White Until Proven Black
Anna Holmes offers an insightful review of the racial controversy surrounding The Hunger Games and it’s parallels with what we see happening in our society.
(P.S. Unlike the other reviews/articles you’ve read, I was actually interviewed for this one. )
I’m pretty sure that many of the people expressing shock over Rue being black experienced this as a result.
Remember that word ‘innocent’? This is why Trayvon Martin is dead.