A student organization's on-campus demonstration spearheaded with the phrase, "Dear White People", has non-black students up in arms about its "racist" critique of white people.
As part of the school's "Diversity Education Week," the Union Activities Board at North Carolina State University posted "Dear White People" signs, in conjunction with holding a day-long campus viewing of the controversial film, across the campus saying that white people were "perpetuating racism and white supremacy" by "colorblind."
"Black people can't be racist," one sign read. "Prejudice, yes, but not racist. Racism describes a system of disadvantage based on race. Black people can't be racist since we don't stand to benefit from such a system."Another sign insisted that white people who said "African American" wanted to use the racial slur, "n*ggers," instead.
"In a shocking reversal using the term 'African-American' is borderline racist now," the UAB stated on one of their signs. "It turns out if you're too worried about political correctness...to say 'black,' odds are...you secretly just want to call us n*ggers anyway...and truth be told, I'd rather you just be honest about it."
Another poster noted the success of media proprietor Oprah Winfrey in a time where author and self-proclaimed "right-wing polemicist" Ann Coulter can publish books that become best-sellers, while "black kids are still getting shot for wearing hoodies."
"Dear White People ... are you tired of your humdrum, Wonderbread existence of accidental racism and wishing you could sip on Henny out yo crunk cup without a b*tch giving you the side-eye?" asked the last poster. "Course you are." -aol
Fox News Network has been sued with new allegations the media giant failed to address racial discrimination against two black women who work for the company.
Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright sued the news organization Tuesday in a Bronx Supreme Court lawsuit in New York City that charged they and “other dark-skinned employees suffered years-long racial animus” from Judith Slater, a former senior vice president and company controller.
The lawsuit alleged that Slater “ridiculed black employees by mocking stereotyped speech” and forcing them to pronounce the words ‘mother,’ ‘father,’ ‘month’ and ‘ask’ correctly “in front of white employees.”
The former executive also claimed the Black Lives Matter movement is racist, “and wondered what would happen if there was a parallel ‘White Lives Matter’ movement, the lawsuit alleged.
Aware that Wright had three children, Slater asked her if the children “were fathered by the same man,” the lawsuit charged.
Fox for years allegedly allowed Slater to subject minority employees to “a racially hostile work environment without fear of punishment or reprisal.”
“No longer willing to remain silent while Fox treated employees of color as second-class citizens, Ms. Brown and Ms. Wright dared to speak out about the intolerable work environment, including their unequal pay and opportunities for advancement and development as compared to similarly-situated white employees,” the lawsuit charged.
After learning the allegations would be filed in court, the company fired Brown and demoted Wright, the lawsuit charged. -usatoday
On Tuesday, many watched while Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly made ugly remarks about U.S. Representative Maxine Waters. During a segment on Fox & Friends, a clip of Waters giving an impassioned speech addressing Trump voters was shown. Instead of O'Reilly assuming his role as an anchor, and providing a sound rebuttal concerning Waters’ speech, he instead made comments about her hair.
“I didn't hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig," he said. Then, to further dispel the notion that maybe what audiences just heard was a mistake, he continued by asking the producers to pull up an image of James Brown.Soon after, White House press secretary Sean Spicer lost his cool during a press meeting after reporter April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, asked him questions about Russia. She disagreed with responses. He then rudely responded to her while asking she NOT to shake her head at him.
After an onslaught of anger and criticism on Twitter towards both instances, a hashtag was born.
“Today, we were told a Black woman's hair matters more than her voice, and our choices are under the control of others, tweeted educator and activist Brittany Packnett. “This happens to black women everyday at work. Share your Maxine and April moments, so people don't think this is rare. Use #BlackWomenAtWork,” she continued.
The hashtag was soon the number one trending topic on Twitter as Black women shared stories affirming what Packnett stated.
Packnett then sent out a series of tweets about her own personal Spicer and O'Reilly moments. “Every black woman meets at least 3 @oreillyfactor's and 5 @seanspicer's a day...,” she said. “When I started #BlackWomenAtWork today I sadly knew it would trend. Not because I'm special. Because I know how we get treated.”
Soon after Waters herself tweeted a message using the hashtag. “I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I'm not going anywhere. #BlackWomenAtWork.” -yahoo.com
An African-American man who took legal action against the NYPD for an alleged racially biased psychological screening was granted permission to pursue his racial discrimination case.
According to the New York Daily News, a Brooklyn federal judge ruled that Barry Brown has a substantial amount of evidence to prove that he was barred from becoming a deputy sheriff due to his race after taking a psychological test.
From the New York Daily News:
After Brown’s May 2013 termination, he hired a psychiatrist who said Brown could handle the job. But the city stuck to its story that Brown wasn’t deputy sheriff material.
When he sued in 2016, Brown said the psychological screening process was open to implicit bias and subjective calls from individual psychologists. The city didn’t do the testing in any standardized way, he alleged.
In her decision Thursday, Gershon said Brown adequately pled disparate treatment and disparate impact. She said he did seem to make a plausible argument he was qualified for the job.
According to the outlet, all of the other Black candidates in Brown’s academy class were labeled psychologically unsuited and did not graduate.
A spokesperson for the Law Department says the city will address Brown’s claims. -newsone.com
A new study revealed that drivers are less likely to step on the brakes for African-American pedestrians, reports the Chicago Tribune.
From Chicago Tribune:
Researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas also found that the disparity is greater depending on whether the pedestrian is in a high- or low-income neighborhood: the average number of vehicles to pass by a black pedestrian who was already in the crosswalk was at least seven times higher compared with a white pedestrian in the wealthier neighborhood, the study’s lead researcher said.
“Sadly, it wasn’t surprising,” said Courtney Coughenour, an assistant professor in the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. But there are also several factors in the Las Vegas study that suggest the results should be interpreted with care.
…Coughenour, while acknowledging the study’s limitations, said she believes the results confirm what researchers found in a study conducted by researchers at Portland State University in Oregon and the University of Arizona. She said the findings are also in line with a large body of literature that suggests people react differently to others based on “implicit bias” that may not be conscious. “We all have some sort of innate bias,” she said.
Coughenour hopes to start more conversations and raise awareness about personal bias and “walking while Black” phenomenon, reports the Las Vegas Sun. -news one.com
WASHINGTON - Black members of Congress are calling for the Justice Department to help police investigate a large number of missing children in Washington, D.C.
The District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.
The letter, dated Tuesday and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, was sent by Congressional Black Caucuschairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District in Congress. They called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”
An email sent to the Justice Department seeking comment was not immediately answered Thursday. Richmond said he hopes to meet with Sessions and bring up the issue. No meeting is currently scheduled. But President Donald Trump assured caucus members on Wednesday that he would make his Cabinet secretaries available to them.
D.C. police officials said there has been no increase in the numbers of missing persons in their jurisdiction. “We’ve just been posting them on social media more often,” said Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Rachel Reid.
According to local police data, the number of missing child cases in the District dropped from 2,433 in 2015 to 2,242 in 2016. The highest total recently, 2,610, was back in 2001.
But the increased social media attention has caused concern in the U.S. capital area, which has long had a large minority population and is currently about 48 percent black. Hundreds of people packed a town-hall style meeting at a neighborhood school on Wednesday to express concern about the missing children cases.
“Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” Richmond’s letter said.
Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, said that despite the assurances from police, it was alarming for so many children to go missing around the same time. On Tuesday night, she noted, her group had four reports of missing children and only one had been found.
“We can’t focus on the numbers. If we have one missing child, that’s one too many,” Wilson said.
Wilson said she is concerned about whether human trafficking is a factor, citing the case of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who has been missing since she vanished from a city homeless shelter in 2014. A janitor who worked at the shelter was found dead of apparent suicide during the search for the girl.
“They prey on the homeless, they prey on low income children, they prey on the runaways, they prey online,” Wilson said.
Information from the National Crime Information Center showed there were 170,899 missing black children under 18 in the United States, more than any other category except for the white/Hispanic combined number of 264,443. Both numbers increased from the year before, which saw 169,655 missing black children and 262,177 missing white/Hispanic children.
“Whether these recent disappearances are an anomaly or signals of underlying trends, it is essential that the Department of Justice and the FBI use all of the tools at their disposal to help local officials investigate these events, and return these children to their parents as soon as possible,” Richmond said. -cbsnews.com
An 18-year-old Texas woman was arrested Wednesday after she falsely accused three Black men of rape two weeks ago, reports the Dallas News.
The woman, ID’d by police as Breana Harmon Talbott, riled up the town of Denison, Texas when she claimed she was abducted and sexually assaulted by two Black men while another held her down.
According to the outlet, on March 8 Talbott ran into a local church wearing only a t-shirt, bra and underwear, asking for help.
In a released statement, Denison Police Chief Jay Burch revealed that Talbott confessed to the hoax on Tuesday, leading to a Wednesday arrest. She also admitted to self-inflicted wounds.
“Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax. The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and so unnecessary.”
The whole incident transpired after police responded to a call from Talbott’s fiance who reported her missing. After discovering her unmanned vehicle outside of her apartment building, along with her belongings, police located her at New Creation Church.
Talbott claimed she was approached by three men in ski masks who forced her into a black SUV, afterwards sexually assaulting her in the woods.
She was escorted to a local hospital where the medical staff were unable to corroborate her allegations after examining her.
Investigators were prompted to review Talbott’s chain of events and discovered she fabricated the story. Police say they wasted resources and placed other cases on the back burner to investigate Talbott’s story. -newsone.com
The Atlantic City Council honored a New Jersey man after he broke up a street fight between two Black teens that was documented in a viral video this week, reports NBC 10 Philadelphia.
From NBC 10 Philadelphia:
A video, which was posted late Monday afternoon, shows two teens fighting on the corner of McKinley and Indiana avenues in Atlantic City as onlookers cheer and laugh. One of the boys involved in the fight, 15-year-old Jamar Mobley, told NBC10 the fight was over a girl.
As Mobley and the other teen fought, 27-year-old Ibn Ali suddenly walked over and stepped in between the two teens.
…Ali, a father of five who played high school football in Atlantic City and is currently taking college courses, was honored by Atlantic City council Wednesday night for his actions. Mobley and the other teen were honored as well. Ali fought back tears while thanking his own mother for raising him to be the man he is today. “When I was young I grew up in the projects,” Ali said. “When I would get on punishment she would make me read books. I’m crying because this whole situation deeply saddens me. The fact that it’s unbelievable. This should be very believable. This should be a norm and it should be regular.”
More than 28 million people have viewed the viral video of Ali with the teens since it was posted on Facebook Monday, reports TIME. -newsone.com
A white man from Maryland who told police he traveled to New York to kill black men turned himself in on Wednesday, about 24 hours after he fatally stabbed a man he encountered on the street, officials said.
Authorities described the suspected attacker as someone who had long harbored feelings of hatred toward black men before violently acting on them this week. Police said he carried out the attack in a way that intended to draw attention.
“The reason why he picked New York is ’cause it’s the media capital of the world,” said William Aubry, assistant chief of the New York City Police Department. “And he wanted to make a statement.”
New York police said they charged James Harris Jackson, 28, with murder. Police said Jackson encountered 66-year-old Timothy Caughman shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday and stabbed him multiple times. Caughman went to a police precinct for help and was brought to Bellevue Hospital, where he died, police said.
Early Wednesday morning, a little more than 24 hours after the attack, Jackson walked into the police substation in Times Square and announced that he was wanted for murder.
“‘I’m the person you’re looking for,'” Jackson told the patrol officers there, Aubry said at a briefing later Wednesday.
Jackson also told them he had knives in his pockets, and police searched him and took him into custody, Aubry said. Police recovered what Aubry called a 26-inch “black mini-sword,” which he said police believe is the weapon used to stab Caughman in the back.
The attack is “extremely distressing,” James P. O’Neill, the New York City police commissioner, said at the same briefing. -washingtonpost.com
Black artists are protesting a painting — based on portraits of Emmett Till by White artist Dana Schultz — included in the Biennial exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, reports the New York Times.
From the New York Times:
An African-American artist, Parker Bright, has conducted peaceful protests in front of the painting since Friday, positioning himself, sometimes with a few other protesters, in front of the work to partly block its view. He has engaged museum visitors in discussions about the painting while wearing a T-shirt with the words “Black Death Spectacle” on the back. Another protester, Hannah Black, a British-born black artist and writer working in Berlin, has written a letter to the biennial’s curators, Mia Locks and Christopher Y. Lew, urging that the painting be not only removed from the show but also destroyed.
“The subject matter is not Schutz’s,” Ms. Black wrote in a Facebook message that has been signed by more than 30 other artists she identifies as nonwhite. “White free speech and white creative freedom have been founded on the constraint of others, and are not natural rights. The painting must go.” She added that “contemporary art is a fundamentally white supremacist institution despite all our nice friends.”
…Mr. Bright, in a Facebook Live video of his protest, makes some of the same points in objecting to the painting’s inclusion in the show. The biennial is an unusually diverse exhibition of work by 63 artists and collectives; nearly half the artists are female and half are nonwhite. Calling the painting “a mockery” and “an injustice to the black community,” Mr. Bright adds that he believes the work perpetuates “the same kind of violence that was enacted” on Till “just to make a painting move.”
Black posted an open letter — which was co-signed by over 25 black members of the arts community — on Tumblr. The Biennial’s curators, Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, have defended the painting, which depicts the “unforgettable” image of 14-year-old Emmett Till’s dead body in an open casket at his funeral after he was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after he was falsely accused of flirting with a white woman, reports New York Magazine. -news one.com
The Chicago Police Department writes more than twice as many citations for biking violations in Black communities than other neighborhoods, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Majority-Black neighborhoods accounted for seven of the top 10 communities for bike tickets from 2008 to 2016. The other three neighborhoods are majority Hispanic.
Even though biking is popular in majority-White neighborhoods, none of them ranked among the top 10 ticketed areas.
In an eight-month span last year, officers issued 321 bike tickets in the low-income community of Austin but just five in the White, wealthy Lincoln Park community.
“Biking while Black,” is how attorney Brendan Kevenidesdescribed the situation to the newspaper.
Kevenides, who specializes in biking cases, added:
“I don’t know what possible rational explanation there could be for the police to write more bike infraction tickets in neighborhoods that have less — less money, less businesses, less bicycle infrastructure than in other communities.”
Biking violations are not criminal offenses, but they give the police a reason to stop people to check for warrants and other possible offenses, the Tribune explained. The most common violation is riding on the sidewalk.
Experts told the outlet that Black communities lack the bike infrastructure typically found in White communities, such as protected bike lanes.
The police, however, say that issuing citations is all about public safety.
“Where bicyclist and vehicular safety has been an issue of concern, officers have been working with the community to enforce applicable traffic and safety laws,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated. -newsone.com
As a very smart colleague of mine notes, “Not even imaginary black people can catch a break.”
When under suspicion or in trouble, just use a tactic as old as Methuselah—blame a black guy. Racism makes the explanation plausible, and even chief executives do it.
Anywho, the beat goes on. This time, in New York City, a 20-year-old accidentally shot himself in the stomach at a Bronx park—and blamed it on a made-up African-American dude.
The New York Daily News reports that police arrested Arthur Palombo on Thursday after they smelled something fishy with his story of being shot.
Turns out, Palombo accidentally shot himself in his stomach, police said. The bullet exited, and he was taken to Jacobi Medical Center.
His initial story was that he went to the park to show an old revolver to a potential buyer he had met a few weeks earlier.
He said this “buyer” haggled with him over the $100 asking price and shot him with the gun. Palombo, who is Hispanic, described the shooter as a black man with a bald head.
Cops searched the park and found the revolver.
After being released from the hospital, this genius was questioned by detectives again, and ’fessed up, saying the gun went off accidentally in his jacket pocket.
Prosecutors charged Palombo with weapons possession and filing a false report. He was being held on $10,000 bail. -theroot.com
Authorities said Wednesday that a Staten Island, New Yorkchiropractor is behind bars after making several horrifying racist threats to an African-American child and a Black NYPD police officer, reports the New York Daily News.
From New York Daily News:
Danielle Serini sent letters to both women at the 120th Precinct on Monday filled with anti-black statements that threatened Police Officer Ebony Glover and school crossing guard Jennifer Becker’s child, according to prosecutors.
“My next opportunity will be getting rid of you and that ugly a– n—-r child of the crossing guard,” she wrote to Glover, according to court documents. “Keep thinking he’s safe in school, but when the opportunity hits, it will with a bang. N—–s don’t belong in my neighborhood.” -newsone.com
In so many ways, it seems that America can’t escape the ugliness of its past. The disadvantaged and the displaced have to reckon with the consequences of that past every day. So it is important that that past not be forgotten.
History has to be taught; and we have to face the horrible things our country did. But we do not have to relive them to understand them.
However, one professor at Howard University thinks — or thought — that graphically re-enacting a darker part of American history was the perfect way to understand it.
Caged Bird Magazine reports that an unnamed white professor at Howard held a mock slave auction in class, feeling that it would be a good way to demonstrate the horrors of slavery.
The professor chose a young man, asking him to come before the class as he was “like the type of slave buyers would look for.”
Flustered, the student did as he was asked, cringing along with his class as his professor proceeded to examine him as slavers did, looking at the young man’s teeth, height, and having him show off his strength.
Noticing that every student in the room was disgusted, the professor reportedly said, “It’s okay, I’m uncomfortable too; I’m white.”
The examination ended only when the professor said to the student, “Turn around so we can see your buttocks.” The class revolted, and the student quietly took his seat.
To better understand the incident and how it has impacted the Howard’s students, we spoke with the editor-in-chief of Caged Bird Magazine, Alexa Lisitza.
Lisitza says that the response to the article was surprising. Although she notes “students at Howard have protested over less,” there was little rancor from the student body at first; in fact, “many called into question whether or not the story was true.”
The alumni community was apparently quick to discount Lisitza’s reporting as well, saying that “they would have heard about it if it were true, considering how many groups they were apart of,” and that the article “couldn't have been true because our student newspaper hadn't published anything about it yet.”
Even worse, “a few alumni contacted me to let me know I should be ashamed of painting Howard in a negative light when Howard already has negative things being said about it, and others said they would be telling Howard to seek legal action against me, or they would seek legal action themselves.”
However, Lisitza was vindicated after “many in the class came forward and named themselves after the piece was published.” This, she says, “shifted the conversation away from skepticism and toward one of outrage.”
Those not affiliated with Howard, Lisitza told us, had a lot of thoughts. Some, she says, felt the professor’s actions were justified, while others were upset at her editorial decision not to disclose the professor’s identity. Interestingly, others “blamed Howard” for the incident and criticized the manner in which it handled the situation.
Lisitza, for her part, feels that the university has done a good job in addressing its students’ concerns about the lesson. According to the editor, the male student the professor placed on the auction block filed a complaint with school officials directly after the class occurred; in response, Lisitza says, “Howard immediately went into action.” Administrators “opened an investigation and insured the young man would not have to return to class.”
Any blame placed on Howard is blame misplaced, Lisitza says, stating that Howard takes “care of their students, always,” and that, “the best a university can do is promptly handle situations as they occur and make moves to keep it from happening again in the future, which Howard is doing.” -blavity.com
NAACP Calls for Boycott of Beauty Supply Store After Owner Is Seen on Video Kicking, Chocking Black Woman
A community is outraged about cellphone footage going viral on social media that shows a Charlotte, N.C., beauty supply store owner constraining a black woman in a choke hold after accusing her of stealing. Community leaders and customers are now calling for a boycott of the store.
According to WBTV, the incident started when Sung Ho Lim, the owner of Missha Beauty, allegedly saw the unidentified woman stealing eyelashes. However, in the video you can hear the woman tell Lim, “Check my bag. I’m telling you I don’t have anything.”
Lim is seen getting in the woman’s face as the woman tries to ward him off. Lim then kicks the woman in her legs, yelling, “You hit me,” before dragging her to the crowd and placing her in a choke hold.
Community leaders and customers say that regardless of the situation, Lim should not have attacked the woman as he did.
“When he was choking her, he was almost choking her to death. She was gasping for breath, and he was continually choking her,” Teresa Mosely, a customer who buys from Missha Beauty three times a week but says that she won’t continue doing so, told the news station.
“You cannot take police matters in your own hands. You can’t act like the police,” civil rights activist John C. Barnett said. “Whatever the case may be, we know he cannot be keeping someone in a choke hold, stealing or not.” -theroot
Why are police officers more likely to shoot unarmed Black men than men of other races? New research from the American Psychological Association says a contributing factor could be the widespread unconscious perception of Black men as larger and more threatening than White men of the same build.
That unconscious bias carries with it serious life or death consequences for Black men. And it call into question how well police officers are trained to manage their misperceptions about the Black men they encounter.
The study, released on Monday, is titled Racial Bias in Judgments of Physical Size and Formidability: From Size to Threat, which appears in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Researchers asked 950 people in the United States to determine the height, strength and muscularity of Black and White men of equal height and weight. The respondents tended to believe the Black men were larger than the same size White men. -newsone.com
After Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, former First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to acknowledge the donation and thank him for it.
“Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education,” she tweeted.
Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, announced his million-dollar donation Monday afternoon during a press conference. The generous gift comes after a disappointing meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner about cuts to school funding, in which the Grammy-winning artist said the Republican governor provided “vague answers.”
“As a CPS graduate, Chance has shown Chicago students not only the heights they can achieve but the generosity they can share,” school district spokesperson Emily Bittner said in a statement. “We also appreciate his strong advocacy for Chicago schoolchildren, who suffer under the state’s discriminatory system of funding, which Gov. Rauner continues to perpetuate.”
The two Chicago natives both share a love for their community, and we hope to see more from both of them working toward a better future. -thegrio.com
A disturbing viral video showed a White teen referring to a 15-year-old African-American classmate as a “Black piece of s**t” during a recent altercation at Wake Forest High School in North Carolina, reports ABC 11:
[The video] shows a [White] student being grabbed by his backpack and thrown backwards while walking down a crowded hallway. However, the person who shared the video said the [African-American] student who pulled the other to the floor … was defending himself against racial harassment that school leaders haven’t dealt with.
[The African-American student] was suspended 10 days due to the incident, but he told ABC11 Monday that school officials have now reduced it to 5 days.
[The African-American student] said he grabbed the other student’s backpack and knocked him to the ground twice when he couldn’t take it anymore. “He said things like … I need to name my son ‘Convict’ and ‘Crackhead’ … because that’s what they’ll grow up to be,” [the African-American student] said. “He threw the N-word around very loosely, said things that I looked like I bathed in coffee beans and dirt.”…[The Black student] said he had been racially harassed for the past two months. He also said that the student giving him a hard time went as far as threatening to kill his family.
Students protested the African-American student’s suspension Monday and the school released a statement about investigating the incident, reports CBS North Carolina. -newsone.com
Samuel L. Jackson has some thoughts about black British actors securing American roles instead of African Americans, suggesting that perhaps black Americans could add some authenticity, especially when dealing with culturally specific things like America’s struggles with interracial relationships.
During an interview Monday with Hot 97 while promoting his newest film, Kong: Skull Island,Jackson cited films such as the most recent crowd fave, Get Out, which features British actor Daniel Kaluuya as a black American going to visit his white girlfriend, only to find some insidious racist, scary crap going down (still trying not to give any spoilers, although I suspect everyone has seen it by now).
At any rate, Jackson seemingly questioned how much more authentic the film would have been if a black American had been able to play Kaluuya’s role.
“I know the young brother who’s in the movie, and he’s British,” Jackson said. “There are a lot of black British actors that work in this country. All the time. I tend to wonder what would that movie have been with an American brother who really understands that in a way. Because Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years. Britain, there’s only about eight real white people left in Britain … what would a brother from America have made of that role? I’m sure the director helped. Some things are universal, but everything ain’t.”
When probed further about the phenomenon of black British actors playing African Americans, Jackson mused: “They don’t cost as much. Unless you’re an unknown brother that they’re finding somewhere. They think they’re better-trained, for some reason, than we are because they’re classically trained. I don’t know what the love affair is with all that. It’s all good.
Jackson went on to add: “Everybody needs to work, but there are a lot of brothers here that need to work, too. They come here because there are more opportunities, and they actually get paid when they work here. Which is fine.”
British actor John Boyega, who famously played Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, jumped in on Twitter, tweeting that “black brits vs African American” was a “stupid ass conflict” that nobody has time for.
Jackson later came back to defend his commentary, but insisted that “it was not a slam against [black British actors].”
“It was just a comment about how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes,” he clarified to the Associated Press. “We’re not afforded that same luxury, but that’s fine; we have plenty of opportunities to work … I enjoy their work ... I enjoy working with them when I have the opportunity to do that.”
What do you think? Does Jackson have a point or are you more along Boyega’s line of thinking? -thegrapevine.theroot.com
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. -internationalwomensday.com
NBC News – Thousands of people in Alabama crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma into Montgomery on Sunday to recreate a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement on its 52nd anniversary.
On March 7, 1965, images of police beating and throwing tear gas at 600 marchers flashed across television screens nationwide, capturing what is now known as “Bloody Sunday.”
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.