The Oscar nominations were announced this morning. I have OCD so I don’t watch a lot of movies because I can’t sit still so it really wasn’t a big deal to me until the media started fanning the flames of racism. For only the second time in nearly two decades, the 20 Academy Awards acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses. Why even report that?
Here’s how I see it. There are two types of people in this world: good and bad. There are different types of religions for you to choose to follow and what you choose to believe does not really matter….it’s what you DO that makes you either good or bad.
What if the roles were reversed and all the acting nominees were black? I couldn’t care less. To me that would mean that those were the best acting performances of the year. Why does color have to come into it? We will never get past racism until we look beyond the color of someone’s skin yet the media continues to fan the flames of the difference in color.
Let me illustrate the absurd by being absurd. Take Affirmative Action for instance. If I own a company and have ten openings I am going to hire the ten best people for the job. I don’t care about color, I don’t care if ya show up to work with a parrot on your shoulder or if you come to work on a pogo stick. Can you do the job? End of story. Imagine if Affirmative Action was enforced in the NBA. Do you think a team would ever score fifty points in a game?
Why do we continue to try to make ourselves the same? Difference is good. It makes us examine a pattern of thinking that we may not have considered and in some cases we actually end up learning something. Heaven forbid we actually do something like that.