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Article: The Hunger Games' Subtly Racist Cliché

By Bijan C. Bayne

Article: The Hunger Games' Subtly Racist Cliché - Why is Hollywood still reducing black actors to spiritual servitude?

April 17, 2012  | 

"The Hunger Games has generated discussions of race that tap into age-old prejudices and expectations. A few bigoted fans, for example, are upset with the screen adaptation, expressing disappointment that the young Rue is played by a black actress (Amandla Stenberg) and a hairstylist named Cinna by the biracial Lenny Kravitz.

But there's a more subtle bigotry that gets less attention. The film portrayals are consistent with a cinematic cliché known as the Negro Spirit Guide." read the complete article here