Racism & Sexism in Hollywood
My article on Medium: Lee Daniels, director of “Precious” and “The Butler,” attributes his commercial success to not focusing on his racial identity. Not “playing the race card” as he puts it would invite racism and exclusion. He also criticised actress Mo’Nique for speaking out about racism and sexism in Hollywood, saying this was a form of “reverse racism.” There is, in fact, no such thing as reverse racism. The idea that racism only materialises because we confront it actually goes against the definition of racism. Racism rests on relations of power. What people say and do about race, including refusing to talk about racism, all contributes to racist relations.