#OscarSoWhite: White Liberals Must Boycott Oscars Alongside Black Actors

Political Commentator Says In Order to Push Diversity in Hollywood White Actors Must Do More than Talk about Diversity

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/20/2016, 12:46 p.m.
Today on News One Now, host and managing editor Roland S. Martin spoke with political and social commentator Jasmyne Cannick ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JAN. 20, 2016 – Today on News One Now, host and managing editor Roland S. Martin spoke with political and social commentator Jasmyne Cannick about her recent blogpost urging White liberal actors, who stand with Black actors such as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith, to do more than just talk about agreeing with their opinion to boycott the Oscars. Cannick calls for white liberals to not attend the Oscars because she believes their opinion has more weight than that of African-American actors. “When you talk about a Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, or Brad Pitt who stands up saying we’re going to sit this one out in support of our African-American colleagues, I think that sends a much stronger message to that 93% of the voting academy who is white, said Cannick.

“They need to put their money where their mouth is right now. I think it’s more than lip service…Sometimes being an ally means you have to get up and actually do something. And I think as African Americans in Black Hollywood deserve better from their white colleagues and this is the point in time when they can actually do something. Stay away from the red carpet.” – Cannick

To view the conversation, please click HERE.

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