It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that, after eight years of the Obama presidency, our society would be so post-racial that we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves with such weighty matters as how many Academy Award nominees were of color. But when we make that assumption, we forget that some of the greatest systemic racism stemmed from Hollywood itself.
Remember the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite? No, it had nothing to do with the statuette, but it had everything to do with the fact that, two years in a row, every one of the acting nominees was white.
This racism was such a problem that Representatives Hank Johnson (D-GA – thank God his district ends across the road from me) and John Conyers (D-MI) actually wrote a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences calling for more diversity.
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