“Where’s the Diversity, Hollywood? Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blockbusters Overwhelmingly White, Male”
I believe that Collins’ construction of Rue as the symbol of innocence meant that some readers automatically imagined her as White. After all, in what universe is an older Black tween innocent? Certainly not in American schools, with the often noted discipline gap. Certainly not in contemporary children’s literature, where Black kids and teens are underrepresented… and when they do appear, are sometimes viewed as “unlikeable” or “unrelatable.”
Collins also makes the grave mistake of stating from Katniss’ point of view that Rue reminds her of her younger sister, Prim. Prim is a much more familiar figure in children’s literature — the guileless, golden girl child often is the counterweight that balances the evil that the protagonist must overcome, and The Hunger Games is no exception. What is different is that while trapped in the Game, Rue becomes Katniss’ Prim, a younger companion who shares in the existential threat until she is overcome by it.
This was too much for some readers to take. — "Why is Rue a Little Black Girl?" - The Problem of Innocence in the Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (The Dark Fantastic) (via diversityinya)
because if something falls, there’s only one place for it to go.
Coach Natalie Nakase has played professionally in the U.S. and has already been a head coach in Japan’s national pro league. Now, she’s the second ever woman to join an NBA coaching staff.
She’s been proving her hustle for the Clippers, and makes no bones about her goal: to be the head coach of an NBA team. - CM
Anonymous said: I'm at a gas station in Arizona and they're selling Confederate flags. The fuck does Arizona have to do with the Civil War? This is some stupid bullshit.
Probably the main thing it has in common is that it’s full of racists, just like the Confederacy.
"Why do you want this job?"
Because under capitalism I am forced to sell my labor in order to subsist.
U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.
Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.
no money for water in detroit
no money for public schools
no money for student loan debt relief
no money for healthcare
no money for crumbling infrastructure
no money for economic investment in inner cities and indian country