Amandla Stenberg, Rue From 'The Hunger Games,' Has An Awesome Message About Cultural Appropriation

by Alex Ungerman 2:32 PM PDT, April 15, 2015
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Go Amandla Stenberg!

The 16-year-old actress, who played the lovable Rue in The Hunger Games, created a thought provoking video on cultural appropriation with a classmate for her history class, and then posted it to her Tumblr.

In the video, Amandla explores the roots of black culture in America, juxtaposing the success of many white celebrities who are inspired by black culture -- from Iggy Azalea, to Macklemore, to Eminem, to Miley Cyrus, to Katy Perry, and even James Franco -- with the harsh realities that many black Americans face, highlighting the killings of Treyvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown.

Just last week, a police officer in North Charleston, S.C. was charged with murder after a video emerged of him shooting unarmed black man Walter Scott in the back.

Amandla illustrates her point with Iggy Azalea's twitter war with Azealia Banks, where Banks was critical to Azalea for not being more vocal on issues of police violence against African Americans, tweeting, "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?"

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In the end, Amandla poses the powerful question: "What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we loved black culture?"

Her wisdom is years beyond her age. Thank you, Amandla!

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