The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games ★★★★

I watched this on Sunday but just logged it without a review. Over the past couple of days, I’ve thought about the relevance this movie franchise has to what’s going on right now, and I figured since I didn’t write a review on it before, that I’d re-log it and this time, share some of my thoughts on what’s happening in the world. It doesn’t feel right for me to continue logging movies while staying silent on this app about recent events.

I want to start off by saying that Black Lives Matter. Black lives are human lives. George Floyd was an innocent black man murdered by a white police officer because of the color of his skin. He should be alive today. I want the black Letterboxd users that follow me or potentially stumble across this review to know that I support you and I stand with you.

A clip from The Hunger Games (I forgot if it’s Catching Fire or Mockingjay Part 1) is going around of Katniss talking about a revolution against the Capitol, which is scarily accurate as to what is happening now. Only not scary, but long overdue. The foundation of which the United States is built on is one that oppresses black people. This country can never truly be free until that system is demolished and rebuilt from within. The protesting going on needs to happen. The people have had enough and are fighting back. Now, I cannot sit here and say I understand why black people are tired because I never will fully be able to. That is called privilege. I acknowledge it and I hope that if you’re white, you understand that you are born into a system which protects you, but not your fellow humans of a different race. It not only doesn’t protect them, but it works against them. What we can do, after the acknowledgement, is become allies. Join the protests, donate to organizations that help fight racism, or to funds that will help the families of those who have lost a loved one to police brutality, sign petitions, share them, educate yourself and talk to those around you about these issues, raise awareness! Please do something. Try to be on the right side of history. It is not enough to just be “not racist,” you have to be anti-racist.

In my bio, there’s a link to a website with information on ways you can help. I ask that you please take the time to help in any way that you can.

If you’ve read this far, I thank you very much. I just had some thoughts I wanted to get out and I appreciate your time.

Lastly, thank you to Connor who inspired me to post on Letterboxd about this.

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