The article goes on to describe several characters from the book, including a girl named "Rue"
and gives twitter posts and facebook entries of fans who were shocked and disappointed she was
played by a black actress -- despite the fact that the book clearly described her as having dark skin.
Even worse, a number of these fans -- who READ THE BOOK -- admit that their feelings for Rue
(and other characters who were also portrayed by black actors) were muted when they saw her on the screen.
IMAGINE THAT: The ability to like a character or care about a character was actually muted by the portrayal
of that character as black. That means **not only** can these fans not imagine a likeable character as black but
actively dislike blacks enough that they cannot enjoy seeing them on screen.
This mindset also ties in heavily in the stereotyping we've been seeing in the Trayvon Martin case, where people
describe the kid as a "gangsta" and gang-banger (even though the had candy in his hands) -- there are people who
by virtue of his skin simply cannot see, or even imagine someone likeable if their skin is dark.
And sure we can try to comfort ourselves by saying such people are rare -- but as the article shows, the responses of such people are not rare, nor hard to find, nor even ambivalent of their dislike. Which pretty much mirrors the stereotypes and responses we've seen in the Trayvon Martin case, and complaints even about Trayvons parents --- never ever is the benefit of a doubt given to the kid or his family, yet every defense and justification given to someone who distrusted them simply by the stereotypes in their mind of them.
What's sad to me is I bet there are people who wont see the connection between the movie fans, and the reaction in the media to people who immediately assume "Blacks cause 90% of crimes" or "He probably walked around like a gangsta" or "His mother was trying to cash in on his death". The immediate assumption of greed, aggression, and unlikeability is a telling theme we've read over the last few weeks, and seeing reactions to the movie show us yet again the issues go beyond this one single case in Florida.