Take a look at the scene here: Scene Great Debaters
There is a scene in the movie #GreatDebaters with #DenzilWashington where he was explaining to his students who #WillieLynch was, how his method of lynching became famous and the fact that his students have technically lost their minds in preparation for their debate contest with another school.
It was a classic scene explaining the tragedy of accepting failure as an option and I thought in the midst of this #OscarSoWhite brew ha ha, I think #BlackHollywood need to see this scene as they have obviously lost their mind.
#BlackHollywood has bought into the false narrative that #WhiteHollywood is the single most important industry to which they belong and therefore have the right to equal opportunity. For years they have enjoyed the privileges extended, the champagne, the caviar, the intense spotlight and even past recognition of wining Oscars for work done by other African Americans. To them , or many of them at least, that had to be nothing but acceptance. How could this society called #Oscar, so liberal and off centered as he could be, not be inclusive?
Most actors from all denomination, color and creed have one thing in common, they tend to see the world as an open source market, one where the mantra “All For one and one for All” is the call to existence. Creativity does that to the brain at times. It makes the brain numb to reality as it carves out a world of fantasy.
Fantasy is sometimes a good thing but we must never forget to look through fantasy for reality. The reality of which we speak is this, Hollywood was created at the time when black talent neither existed, wanted or even accepted. It is certainly the oldest film industry from which many others have sprung, but to say it is the most influential is giving no respect to the other film industries from other countries around the world. Hollywood matters but so do ‘Bollywood” and “Nollywood”, “JamaicaWood” and a host of other ‘woods’.
The African American actors have lost their minds , plain and simple. Seeking acceptance from ‘Hollywood’ for their work in the form of a nomination or even better, a ‘golden statue’ is fawning to a belief that White Hollywood has accepted their color, from hair to toe, since the Civil Rights Act was passed in1964. It has not. Black actors merely became another source of people for white producers and directors to find talent that could play roles no white actor could possibly play to be believable.
The Oscars was built to shower greatness of cinematic achievements on their colleagues, it was an economic engine to create value for their colleagues and give the industry prominence by marketing this golden statue as the symbol of excellence. Through the great American marketing power, the symbol of this golden guy was the supreme emblematic symbol of acting. And Black America bought it hook, line and 24 karat worth of gold.
Saying #TheOscars is the epitome of acting does not make it so, neither does it make it right It is a gospel preached by the makers of the award, massaged by the money of the industry and accepted by the glitzy eyed dreamer who is also brainwashed to believe that Jesus Christ was also white and by extension everything that is good is also white! It is a false narrative.
No self respecting black actor in America will sit and wait on “change” in the Oscar nomination process and in that same context one can ask what change do they expect? He who has the money, calls the tune. I am sure every Black actor knows that simple truism. Black Hollywood and their audience have placed enough money in White Hollywood’s pockets for them to keep that false narrative alive and poignant. It is time they use their minds to be creative and channel their money towards their niche industry- a Black centered but not exclusive film industry.
The message going forward must be then that to take control of your life, you must move forward collectively and with a purpose. Unity amongst black actors is as rare as Hollywood nominating 9 black actors out of 10 for Best Actor in a Movie. It is a disease that apparently no one can find a cure. But if accolades and golden statues are what they seek, then I hope they do not expect Hollywood to change and suddenly become inclusive. I would suggest they collect their minds, create a solution and deal with the problem.
Boycotting is a waste of good energy. It is not an effective principle , strategy or common sense solution. it is, in this context, racist, the very same thing they are accusing White Hollywood and calling the event #OscarSoWhite.
Forget boycott. Find, take back and keep your righteous mind because obviously you have lost it.
Diversity is a disease of #WhiteHollywood. Inertia is a disease of #BlackHollywood.
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