Today, as in every day, I took the MUNI home from work and I was standing next to this little girl (who looked mixed-race), maybe eight or nine, riding with her dad (white). She kept tugging on his sleeve and looking at me, and eventually her dad goes, “Excuse me, but my daughter wants to say something to you.” And she says, “You look like Katniss.” And at first I was like “HUH WHAT” but then I remembered that I was wearing the jacket with my Mockingjay pin on it and I was like “Oh, thank you very much, sweetie” and smiled and turned back, thinking that she was just referring to the pin, but then she insisted that “NO, REALLY. When I read the books, you’re what Katniss looked like in my head.”
Considering what I actually look like (see above in case you didn’t put two and two together already) and compared to, well, what Jennifer Lawrence looks like, it was probably the greatest compliment I’ve ever received in my life and I think it’s a compliment that more girls like me (read: PoC) could stand to hear. It put a lot of things in perspective again and I was frankly stunned by the fact that a nine-year-old could accept the idea of a female protagonist of color more readily than most of the THG demographic. My ambition to be a casting director is fueled by the desire to give minorities and the underrepresented the kind of representation they deserve and the conversation I had today reaffirmed that.
It’s your move, world.