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blackface? I weigh in on Angelina Jolie playing the Afro-Cuban/Dutch
Mariane Pearl in the new film "A Mighty Heart" learn
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Jolie in blackface?
New Zealand Herald recently interviewed me regarding the controversy
over the decision to cast Angelina Jolie to play Mariane Pearl, a woman
of Afro-Cuban heritage in the biopic “A Mighty Heart.” Here’s
what I had to say:
Van Kerckhove, who is of bi-racial heritage and is co-founding member
of anti-racist training company New Demographic in New York City, says:
“I would have liked to see the studio cast a woman of colour in
the role. I don’t quite understand the rationale behind the studio’s
decision to make Angelina Jolie look like she has African heritage.”
Kerckhove says “I think that Hollywood is still oblivious to the
fact that blackface, yellow face and brown face is offensive. Just this
year we have seen Brian Dennehy play Kublai Khan (in the Hallmark Channel
movie Marco Polo, Eddie Murphy play a Chinese man (Norbit), Nicolas
Cage play Fu Manchu (Grindhouse). And I just read that Jessica Biel
may play the Chinese character Chun Li in an upcoming movie remake of
the videogame Street Fighter. Clearly Hollywood is not spending much
time thinking this issue through.”
Kerckhove points out Pearl has a different mentality on the issue of
race than Americans. “It probably made sense to cast a high-profile
actor in the role because that would bring more people out to watch
the film. Also, Pearl wasn’t born and raised in the United States
so her views on race may be a bit different from ours.
Kerkchove is disappointed. “There are so few quality roles for
non-white actors to begin with - it’s sad to see this potentially
Oscar-worthy role go to a white actor.”
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E-Book: How to Be an Anti-Racist Parent
You don't use racial
slurs. You teach your child to treat everyone equally. You expose your
family to diverse cultures. That's enough to make sure your children don't
grow up to be racists, right?
people think that racism is all about white hoods, burning crosses, and
racial slurs. But racism is also about linking physical and intellectual
abilities to racial differences. If you think about racism in this way,
the truth is that all of us hold racist beliefs.
Demographic has just released a complimentary e-book called "How
to Be an Anti-Racist Parent: Real-Life Parents Share Real-Life Tips."
It features tips, stories and advice from readers and contributors to
our blog Anti-Racist
Parent, for parents committed to raising children with an anti-racist
are the top 5 tips from the book:
Your children will face racism, so prepare them for it
It's not unusual for children to hear their peers using racial slurs as
early on as the first grade, even in the most diverse and open-minded
communities. Don't assume that racism is a non-issue for your family.
Don't be colorblind
"Everyone is the same to me. I don't even see color!" Being
colorblind is not possible and it should not be your goal. As NAACP Chairman
Julian Bond says, colorblindness means being "blind to the consequences
of being the wrong color in America today."
Make conversations about racism relaxed and frequent
Don't wait for A Very Special Moment to talk about race. Conversations
about race should be as normal and casual in your family as discussions
about "American Idol." In fact, "American Idol" can
be a good starting point to talk about how people of color are portrayed
in the media!
Lead by example
Actions speak louder than words. If you tell your children they should
accept everyone, regardless of race, but you only socialize with people
from one race, what message do you think your child will absorb?
Never stop dismantling your own racist beliefs
You can't lead by example if you don't work on yourself. Realize that
you're not going to wake up one morning and be rid of all your racist
beliefs. There are no shortcuts to becoming anti-racist. Be aware of your
own biases and privileges, and never stop working to overcome them.
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