Haven't been moved to write here in awhile, but I thought I'd chime in on this stupid #oscarssowhite crap, since one part of the story has struck a nerve with me.
Now right up front, don't get me wrong - in the grand scheme of things, the Oscars are silly and who cares really when there's issues of real import in the world. I get that, totally. But what makes this latest manufactured kerfuffle interesting to me, is the classic liberal hypocrisy and obliviousness at play here.
One of the the whitest and most liberal organizations on the planet - the motion picture academy, puts out it's nominations and misses three HUGE slam dunks. Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler. People are of course outraged and shocked. Shocked I tell you. How come all the nominees are white?
I say, what the hell did you expect?
White liberals are the biggest racists of all - because they are forever consumed by color and see everything through the prism of race. Everything.
In their privilege, in their narcissism, in their deeply rooted belief that people of color are incapable of achievement on their own - they have here, once again, demonstrated an almost willful blindness to obvious accomplishments by gifted actors and directors.
The first thing I thought when I read all the reviews for Creed was - "Wow, sounds great, sounds like they really knocked it out of the park. I should see this. It will easily rack up Oscar nominations." Then, as an after thought, I thought - "It will be nice to see a diverse line up for once. That's cool."
Not a big deal, but an obvious slam dunk and a win for everyone to bring us all together.
And then the nominations came out - and a bunch of privileged, self-centered white people who believe down to their core that people of color can't do anything for themselves - surprise - ignored all people of color.
I say, this makes perfect sense. I say, this is what you get when you diminish and degrade anyone who doesn't look and act like you.
The stripping of dignity and the perpetuation of dependence by privileged white liberals upon the working class and minority communities - for over 70 years now, has resulted in nothing but misery, division and poverty where there should be none.
Chicago. New Orleans.
All democratic controlled cites - all cesspools of black on black violence.
Why should we be surprised when once again, liberals are taken aback by the very behavior that they perpetuate? Liberals excel at diminishing and marginalizing obvious achievements when it isn't aided and abetted by white people . It's the liberal modus operandi.
You are too stupid to succeed. You can't do that on your own.
You didn't build that.
I'm not surprised. Not surprised at all.
When a bunch of people who make movies that glorify guns while being protected by people with guns, speak out against guns, I'm not in the least bit shocked that they are also more than capable of calling everyone who doesn't fall in line racist and then turning around and ignoring glaringly obvious achievements by people of color.
Maybe it's time that liberal Hollywood step back and instead of blaming the folks who point out the obvious - that gee, maybe making up crises where there are none and giving out condescending lip service to minorities to make yourselves feel better, isn't the best way to pick Oscar nominations.
Hey Hollywood, try this.
Why not drop the race card and the race prism? You might be pleasantly surprised. Believe it or not there's actually some really good stuff out there that just happens to be made by people of color. And I know this is hard to believe, but that stuff didn't get made because you "made things fair". It got made by ambition, initiative and back breaking work
If you would just think of something else besides yourselves for once, you might be able to see beyond your close minded world and discover that there's a whole lot more going on that has nothing to do with your narcissistic and decadent white guilt that you bring to every single party.
People of color don't need your hand-outs and they don't need your special treatment. They just need you to grow the fuck up and pull your heads out of your asses long enough to see what's actually happening.
Freedom that is God given, not 'fairness' that you fabricate - is what will elevate those who have a longer ladder to climb.
Let go of the belief that this is all about you, and understand that people of color don't need your condescension or what you call help. They just need you to get the hell out of the way and treat them the way you treat everyone else. I know that's tough, when actual racism is so deeply embedded in your subconscious, but really - we are all human beings.
Just because you are white and privileged, doesn't mean you are better or more talented or harder working than anyone else.
Get over yourself and let's get on with it.