Tragedy and Racial Justice

It was not too long ago that the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games– based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins- hit the theaters. Its instant success was marred by the reaction of some fans on Twitter.  According to the Huffington Post article, “‘Hunger Games’ Racist Tweets: Fans Upset Because Of Rue’s Race” by Christopher Rosen, some fans found the death of the young Rue tragic only when they thought of her as being a young white girl.  Although these intense reactions are far from the norm, Amistad intern and Yale Divinity Student Greg Williams wrote a compelling article about the intersection of race and U.S. tragedies that begs us to look at the ways in which we are all implicated in perpetuating a victimology which pits “us” against “them.” The link to this thought-provoking blog can be found here!!

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