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John Singleton Says A Lot Of Hollywood Liberals Think They’re Not Racist, But They Are

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John SingletonBy Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Hollywood is definitely known for being prejudice and even racists towards people of color. Even with the success it portrays with black films and actors, the truth of the matter is that blacks are still marginalized.

Boyz N the Hood director, John Singleton spoke out in an interview slamming Hollywood liberals who don’t ‘let black people tell the stories.’ Let’s face it for a moment. It’s difficult for blacks to write and direct black-themed films. It’s not that they aren’t incapable, it’s the bureaucracy involved.

In pointing out the blatant discrimination against blacks, Singleton said, ‘they have these pictures where everybody’s so interested in black culture, which they have been since the minstrel age, since the Jazz Age, since the early days of blues, which begot rock and roll. But they ain’t letting the black people tell the stories. And you’re like, oh, OK, we’re going to take your stories, but you know what, you’re going to go starve over here and we’re not going to let you get a job.’

Check this out – many of the liberals like to claim they like hip-hop and have black friends which somehow exclude them from being racist, but their actions in hiring blacks to tell the story is something very different.

Singleton also chided black executives in the film industry for not speaking up. “You’ve got a lot of black executives at the studio who are afraid to give their opinion about what black culture is. And they don’t know there’s a whole lot of black people who work in studios that don’t need to be there because they won’t—if I give them the best thing possible, they’re scared to give it to somebody.”

Think about this for a moment – when there’s a need to get people in seats rather than developing creative and thought-provoking movies, the bar isn’t raised.

One thing about Singleton’s comment – they are blatant and to the point. Will his comments fall on deaf ears or will they spark a movement?

Source: The Root

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org

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  1. Singleton is so right! Just take a look who is Produced "12 Years of Slavery"with Mr Steve Queen of London. Have nothing against Brad Pitt, be Queen should have told the story his way!

  2. Racist and bigots can be both conservatives and Liberals. I am not surprised to hear John Singleton has experienced racism and bigotry in Hollywood. Racists and bigots cannot stand Blacks have caught up with them. We have a racial minority as President of US and US Attorney General. This was unthinkable in the 60s. Bigots and racists were raised to believe Blacks were sub-humans. This is especially when they visited Africa – South of Sahara. These bigots don’t know those who first landed in Africa made sure Africans did not share the developments in Europe – especially during iron-age. This is despite these same bigots extracted resources from Africa: such as diamonds, gold, oil, fibers, nuclear materials, iron etc. They would not allow Africans have access to what they were doing with those raw materials. African leaders who wanted to know were killed. That bigotry and racism was copied when Blacks were brought here. Bigots made sure Blacks did not have access to education and training. But that has changed. Now Blacks can be anything a white person can be. Bigots are surprised Blacks have same intelligence as theirs. They are like Talibans. Talibans don’t believe Christians are people. Bigots, like Talibans, would prefer to die than submitting that Blacks are human beings with same intelligence as theirs– and that only opportunity is what matters. I agree with M r. Singleton. Solution – learn how the law to protect yourself.

  3. Racist and bigots can be both conservatives and Liberals. I am not surprised to hear John Singleton has experienced racism and bigotry in Hollywood. Racists and bigots cannot stand Blacks have caught up with them. We have a racial minority as President of US and US Attorney General. This was unthinkable in the 60s. Bigots and racists were raised to believe Blacks were sub-humans. This is especially when they visited Africa – South of Sahara. These bigots don’t know those who first landed in Africa made sure Africans did not share the developments in Europe – especially during iron-age. This is despite these same bigots extracted resources from Africa: such as diamonds, gold, oil, fibers, nuclear materials, iron etc. They would not allow Africans have access to what they were doing with those raw materials. African leaders who wanted to know were killed. That bigotry and racism was copied when Blacks were brought here. Bigots made sure Blacks did not have access to education and training. But that has changed. Now Blacks can be anything a white person can be. Bigots are surprised Blacks have same intelligence as theirs. They are like Talibans. Talibans don’t believe Christians are people. Bigots, like Talibans, would prefer to die than submitting that Blacks are human beings with same intelligence as theirs– and that only opportunity is what matters. I agree with M r. Singleton. Solution – learn how the law to protect yourself.

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  5. I read, two years ago, where African Americans are hooking up with Africans in making movies. Nollywood is now the second largest film industry in the world. Bollywood is first. Hollywood is third. Some African and African Americans have already teamed up and have made films. As the Nollywood films become more sophisticated, and African American writers and actors add their talents, Nollywood can become a worldwide phenomenon, that blacks can use as a vehicle to get our stories distributed and told. In this way, we can control our own image, and bridge the gap between Africans and the African diaspora around the world. This doesn't let Hollywood off the hook. It actually will give us an advantage, as we can make demands from a position of power and influence. Something we don't have now.

  6. It is my understanding that Brad Pitt made over a $100 million dollars in producing 12 years. Blacks have no economic control in the industry, so to speak out would cost them their jobs, or be blacklisted and not given opportunities. Pastori has it right it's not a conservative, liberal thing, it'a a white supremacy THING.

  7. Quite frankly, I find his statement perplexing, how ironic, when you are responsible for one ot the most damaging films in the portrayal of young black men in this country. If anything, at best, John Simpleton had a chance to a better and broader perspective of young black men in this nation

  8. Mr Mitchell don't blame Brother Singleton for films that he had made they made have been damaging but they had to be told regarding young Black men and what was going on and still going on to this day Bro Singleton is telling the Truth about liberals not being racist but they are in racial denial like the conservatives as usual. We should not be afraid to be who we are. If they take one of us they have to take all of us Mr Mitchell again don't blame Bro.Singleton blame this society and White America for her racist and racial deeds I know Bro.Singleton will do and make better films for Blacks and his audience

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