OPINION-The Oscar nominations came in last week, and once again all over social media, people are upset that Blacks who contributed to the film industry every year are notably absent from any of the nominations. Despite the fact that I am not surprised the “Oscar Black Snub Part Infinite” has taken place yet again, it is time to think about a few things on what can we do about it.
Jada Pinkett, who posted a response to the absence of people of color in the list of nominees went to social media and voiced her concerns:
At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.
With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,
Jada’s question is something that I can support without a doubt with a clear and concise answer. Instead of Black people running to social media every year with the same #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to complain about Black people being snubbed. How about initiating a boycott of the Oscars altogether? We tend to say as fans, that we aren’t going to watch the Oscars, which is fine, but it’s time for Black people in Hollywood to boycott since the Academy continues to ignore them. The Academy has been racially bias for quite some time, and they aren’t about to change. The only time Black people receive any Oscar recognition as a form of nominations, or an awards is when we play stereotypical characters that make whites feel comfortable. You know the characters like the maids, crooked cops, slaves, the overall pernicious Black person, etc.
The Oscars, refuse to recognize any Black characters or movies that are uplifting. That was evident with this year’s nomination. Characters that aren’t negative get ignored every time and we all know why. It’s as if the Academy is saying, “We can’t have these positive characters receive accolades for their imagery that may be uplifting to Blacks.” The Academy ensures the images of Black people are that of a slave and the hired help get the recognition more than any other film depicted in Hollywood. Everything that the Academy does is all by design.
One of the things we have to understand is that we should stop trying to receive white validation. I know in my heart, the movie Selma should have won last year in an array of categories, and I don’t need white people to tell me that. Having whites say that a film deserves an award should never be sought after because one does not need their stamp of approval. The way whites who control Hollywood gives one a strong indication, they don’t care about the hard work many Black people in the film industry has contributed to making a prominent movie. Now it’s time to show whites in Hollywood one does not care about them, as well.
Since the Academy diversity is notably absent, it’s time for Black people to be absent from the Oscars. They love to ensure that the Oscars are white, so make it entirely white, by not showing up. One of the things I don’t want to see is a Black presenter issuing out awards. There is no need to be there since they think Blacks should be invisible in the first place, so we should complete their wish. Also, not one Black person should be in the audience. Once the cameraman (who’s probably white) pans their camera to the audience who are clapping, it shouldn’t be a Black face in that auditorium. Keep the audience milky white, without a hint of chocolate milk.
Lastly, Chris Rock should decline (at the last minute), to host the awards show. Sure, I would love to hear Rock’s monolog, as I know he is going to make fun of the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscars. Unfortunately, the only clear message that would be sent is for Rock to decline to host and the Academy obtains a white host who completes the whiteness all the way down to the janitor.
If Black people in Hollywood boycott the Oscars, and show up for other award shows that are catered to us, the better off we will be. White people in the Academy do not care about Blacks, so show them that you don’t care about them, as well, by staying home.
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