Hey Academy: Stop Trotting Out Your ‘Black Friend’ When You’re Wrong

Posted on January 19, 2016

If only the Academy knew that the “one Black friend” rule was revoked at the last Black people meeting.

We’re not stupid. As minorities, we actually have a solid grasp on what diversity looks like. Stop trying to fool us (and yourselves) into thinking that you are diverse now, because you’ve included one person that has a touch of melanin or a serious tan. That is not diversity; that is tokenism. And while it may make you feel better about yourselves, is really only pisses us off. This goes for any medium, environment, industry, or relationship.

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