There is some controversy because the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards are all white. Speaking as a Black woman, I am not surprised by this and when I hear about Black people getting upset about this, it puzzles me.
Hollywood is racist.
They are funded and controlled by white people. Even with a President of the Academy being a person of color, the power and money of Hollywood is derived from rich white people. For years, they have done nothing beneficial for Black people, except reward and endorse stereotypes going all the way back to Hattie McDaniel, who portrayed a mammy in Gone with the Wind, up to Denzel Washington portraying a criminal in Training Day, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer portraying modern day mammies and most notably Lupita Nyong’o portraying an enslaved woman. All of these Black actors are amazingly talented and portrayed their roles (Stereotypes or not) in the most dignified manner as possible, given the fact that stereotypes limited the scope of their characters. So I am not taking anything away from them.
However, it comes as no shock to me that the Oscars are so white, we should know how Hollywood is.
How about this?…Instead of asking white people to accept Black people as equal human beings, (which we’ve been doing for years…how’s that been working out?)…how about we invest in our own communities and create our own Film Industry for Black people. A film industry that is devoid of racial stereotypes and one that uplifts Black people, including and especially dark-skinned Black women, who for decades have been resigned to portraying mammies and sapphires in Hollywood.
No, Donald Trump the BET awards don’t count, BET is owned and controlled by a white-owned corporation, so stop with that.
But, Black people, really this is just getting sad, please let’s stop asking white people to want us and instead, let’s invest in our own Black film industry.
#TohellwithOscars2016 and To hell with White Hollywood.