A trending topic as of recent has been the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. We have people pulling from every direction telling us what and how to feel. One side claims people of color are not nominated because of their skin and the other states that the movies that are nominated are more worthy of it and their skin color is just a coincidence.
What if I told you that they are both wrong? Hear me out. The truth of the matter is, people of color are and always have been purposefully denied larger parts in movies and television shows. White people (usually men) overwhelmingly have control over the production, direction, writing, and casting of their films. They are simply failing to allow diversity on their set.
Actively excluding groups of people from attaining a position they are qualified for is prejudice. It is racist. It is sexist. It is homophobic. I think rather than boycotting the Oscar’s due to the lack of nomination of diverse peoples, we should be petitioning for inclusion of said people in film and television. Women, men, and children of every race, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality should have the same chance at getting a role as the Leonardo DiCaprio’s and Matt Damon’s.
The year is 2016. Our first black President is ending his second term in office, same-sex marriage is legal, equal pay is on candidate’s campaigns, and we could very well see our first female President at the beginning of next year. It’s time for our politically-progressive actions to reflect in our media.