Is Hollywood racist? Many would believe it is. Recently, evidence has presented itself for the second time in a row when no person of color was nominated in any of the Academy Awards acting categories. Results from this atrocity include a boycott of the award ceremony by Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Will Smith and Snoop Dog; pressure for Chris Rock to step down as host of the Oscars; and threats of long-winded sympathy diversity speeches from the night’s winners.
Many respected Caucasian actors and actresses have come out in support of minorities in film. Some of the more cynical actors of color find it hypocritical for white actors to express outrage. As members of the majority class, they have not experienced prejudice in their career, so their outrage feels a bit shallow. No white person has yet to step forward and say, “As a race, we’ve had our lion share of nominations, please stop nominating us and please stop voting for us.”
Ultimately, we people of color would like to see one white actor step forward and say, “As a race, we’ve had our lion share of nominations, please stop nominating us and please stop voting for us.” Instead they blame the racism of their fellow actors and actresses…basically everyone else but themselves.
So let’s fix the problem. The nomination process for the Awards is peer-to-peer. This means actors nominate actors, directors nominate directors and so on. I would be interested to see which minority actors, the “concerned” white actors nominated or did they just go straight to Matt Damon as their first choice. If these “concerned” actors are actually concerned, then they will refuse to vote this year for anyone who is not a person of color. Then next year, refuse to nominate anyone who is not a person of color. White Hollywood Liberals…stop looking to your own race for qualified recipients, it’s OK that you don’t win every year. Give others a chance.
Action Steps for White People
- Refuse to nominate a white person in any category.
- Refuse to vote for a white person in any category
Expected Results: Ride Along 2 will be the Best Picture of 2016