The Hunger Games series has demonstrated increasing political savvy over the course of its three films, with “Mockingjay, Part 1” serving as an astute critique of the way governments and institutions exploit symbolic heroes to their own ends. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the films’ iconography has crossed over into the real world. In Thailand, “Mockingjay, Part 1” was pulled from theaters after protestors against the military junta began using the film’s three-finger salute as their own. And now comes this Vine post from DeRay Mckesson, showing a key line fro one of Katniss Everdeen’s “propos” spray-painted on a wall in St. Louis, Missouri.
— deray mckesson (@deray) November 24, 2014
Mckesson doesn’t know who wrote the graffiti or why, but with the state on edge over the pending grand jury decision over whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, it’s safe to say that “If we burn, you burn with us” encapsulates how many are feeling.