I have a google alert set for “racist” and there were dozens of entries this morning about “racist Hunger Games fans” who were disappointed to find out that two characters from the Agricultural District (Southeast), Rue and Thresh, were cast as African-Americans.
As we know, blacks don’t farm. I read the book on the recommendation of April Gaede, and I figured Rue and Thresh were Cajuns. The name “Rue” hinted at a French-Cajun connection, and Thresh is a reference to farming.
As the Romans used to say, Gustibus non disputandum, or “there’s no arguing about taste.” People have a yearning for beauty, and many many people do not find black people beautiful.
One of my favorite anecdotes is about the middle class couple who were thinking of adopting a child, and when the possibility of doing a Madonna adoption — getting a child from Africa, or adopting an Afro-Am or mulatto, some “racist” pipes in, “No, a black child won’t match the furniture.” Indeed.
A lot of liberal types (liberalism is Christianity infected with AIDS), want to make a statement by making a black person part of their family. To us, this is of course genocide. But we have to couch it in terms they’ll understand. We have to appeal to aesthetics.
“You are going to have to look at that person for the rest of your life. You might as well hold out for a child that will fit in the family pictures, than get some dark kid who will look and feel out of place.”
Another non-racial argument to make is that single mom-hood is selecting for irresponsible sociopaths, and you don’t want to raise the child that was fathered by a sociopath who dropped his sperm and moved on, not caring about the mother and child he left behind, do you?
The “racist” response to the Hunger Games should be heartening to Recessive Genotype Preservationists. Human nature and “evil human preferences” (aka racism) is not going to change, despite all the liberal social engineering.