[QUOTE="King-Kai"]However, these characters are actually described as Black in the books. For example:
[quote="The Hunger Games"]And most hauntingly, a twelve-year old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she's very like Prim in size and demeanor.OrkHammer007
The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there.The Hunger GamesDark brown skin could denote Indian heritage, too. Seems to me you're a bit racist in assuming that dark brown == black.
But... casting was screwed up here, anyway. The actress who plays Katniss should have darker skin, because her character spent most of her time outdoors hunting.
Considering the fact that Suzzane Collins - the author of the books - is American, and the fact that Blacks have a historical presence in America, it is safe to assume that the characters are intended to be Black, not indian. In America, dark brown skin == Black.