January 24, 2016

Do Hollywood honkies hog Oscars? Hold off the #BlackActorsMatter movement, Spike Lee

David MenziesMission Specialist

Spike Lee, along with Jada Pinkett Smith and others, will be spiking the Oscars ceremony this year because too many honkies are up for Academy Awards and not enough black folk made the finals.

But does anyone really believe there is systemic racism in Hollywood these days – that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is purposely snubbing actors of colour?

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more progressively liberal town in the U.S. than Los Angeles, so what gives?

Before any activists start a Black Actors Matter movement, I offer a few thoughts and facts for the allegedly aggrieved to consider because it strikes me that this is yet another solution in need of a problem.


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commented 2016-01-28 00:10:28 -0500
Bill Elder, what a spot on post.
commented 2016-01-26 13:46:44 -0500
LMAO @ “Honkies” Blast from the past.
commented 2016-01-25 11:58:05 -0500
Funny how thirteen percent of the population can dictate to the other eighty seven percent what or who they should watch. Latinos’ in the US have three percentage points on the Blacks and they are not complaining about awards nominations. I don’t watch black crap movies and actors for the same reason I don’t watch white or Latino actor crap movies, because they simply don’t interest me, same goes for their awards shows.
commented 2016-01-25 09:04:35 -0500
The entire thrust of post MLK black activism has been to repackage divisive Marxist identity politics as a black equality movement, the 2 things this did was provide a politically correct outlet for black racists and promote self-actuated apartheid.

The whole thing has been a vast socially polarizing failure and has only made heroes out of con men and self-serving bigots like Spike Lee – ultimately the black community has regressed as a sub-culture not thrived as an integrated American community under this self imposed loser apartheid as we saw in Ferguson and elsewhere – The new black advocacy promotes the racist loser/gangsta ideal and has resulted in black on black murder, addiction and incarceration stats rising exponentially.

If the KKK could have designed an ideology to keep black people in perennial segregated stagnancy, it would resemble the loser nation the BLM hucksters pimp.
commented 2016-01-25 08:43:56 -0500
The Oscars, shrug. Face it, when it comes to meaning and credibility, they have been in the same boat as the Order of Canada and Nobel Peace Prizes for quite a while. All Lee and his under-represented buds have to do is put together a tear-jerkin’ movie about the struggles a black SJW bringing faces while bringing white cops to justice for shooting black children and he’ll be taking home one of them lumpy dildos. Hell, probably even get Obammy, Al, and Jesse to do cameos.
commented 2016-01-25 02:33:24 -0500
I don’t mind if some body calls me a honkey . I don’t even know what it means. Just don’t call me a Donkey.
commented 2016-01-25 01:26:39 -0500
The Rebel.
Just checking the double standard. your Title seems a bit Racist and bigoted, Why don’t you change it to say something like " Niggers don’t like it that they where not given an Oscar." I have no racial prejudice, but then again , that i think is the first time I used the word Nigger in a sentence, Just wondering whats up with the “honkey” comment. Where you guys watching too much Sanford and son. Did his flare for racism rub off.
commented 2016-01-25 01:26:05 -0500
Actually, that’s a great idea Dave! Yes, let’s do that. Let’s give all them an award. After all – they should be doing it for the love of it, not to make money or win awards. They’ll soon see how it devalues the award, their work etc. Mabye then they’ll change their mind about little league!!
commented 2016-01-24 22:34:48 -0500
if he wants me to be a racist… I can do that… he is spike lee, after all.
no… wait…he’s shitting in his hand…no…my god! he’s going to throw it at me…!
there you go spike, you get what you want. and it didn’t change the fact that your movies still suck.
commented 2016-01-24 21:45:20 -0500
It is a real shame that Natives are being tossed under the wheels of the powerful Black lobby groups.
commented 2016-01-24 20:59:39 -0500
B.E.T is fine but a white network would be racist.
commented 2016-01-24 20:47:25 -0500
Sean Person you are an asshole.
Facts are facts, Blacks won’t be happy until they are dominate and Blacks aren’t arrested for crimes they commit.
commented 2016-01-24 20:07:48 -0500
I am a member of the colourless ,invisible majority. I am so ashamed.
commented 2016-01-24 19:52:08 -0500
Honky is acceptable. Cracker is acceptable. But nigger is offensive.

Funny how the double standards work.
commented 2016-01-24 19:06:31 -0500
Looks like the comments here prove that the recent Maclean’s magazine article to be very accurate, doesn’t it? The Rebel, where Ezra’s follower trace bait
commented 2016-01-24 18:03:47 -0500
Hey Spike I got a idea why don’t you try to make a movie say 12 Years a Slave. The Colour Purple Driving Miss Daisy. Belle, instead of using your race card to hid your inability to make a movie like those mention,Or why just you do what Holly
wood does make the same movies over and over,
commented 2016-01-24 18:03:35 -0500
Gee who is Denzel Washington?
commented 2016-01-24 18:03:03 -0500
One should never put more than two black guys in the same movie unless it is for a black audience. I was utterly confused watching Red Tails, because I could not tell one from the other. Hell, it took me until the third Iron Man before I noticed they replaced that first black guy with the other one…
commented 2016-01-24 17:57:51 -0500
I just don’t think Pulp Fiction is that good of a movie.
commented 2016-01-24 16:03:03 -0500
Hollywood is more about making money than about true artistic merit. If the producers thought they could get a return on a movie of colour they would crank this stuff out. Perhaps movies of colour don’t for whatever reason provide a decent return on investment, with the result of having no actors of colour being available for recognition. I understand this Black Actors Matter movement as it is about the dollars and cents . I also understand the comment by the actors of non colour piping as you do want to be perceived as not being a member of the club by being contrary and being left out of future parts or rather money making opportunities.
commented 2016-01-24 15:16:53 -0500
Spike Lee has a horrible record of not hiring or only limited hiring of Whites in his production

Lee objected to White people moving into Harlem

Lee objected to his father marrying a white womanm
commented 2016-01-24 14:54:37 -0500
People of colour?

I thought white was also a colour.

So that is what I now call myself.

A person of colour.
commented 2016-01-24 14:37:17 -0500
Halle Berry whined and cried on the talk shows for years about the fact that no “woman of color” had ever been awarded an Oscar. She kept at it relentlessly until the Academy caved and gave her the Best Actress Oscar for a mediocre and very forgettable performance in Monster’s Ball. In her acceptance speech she said: “This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened.”
It was a big moment all right, the moment when the Oscars took a giant step toward irrelevance.
commented 2016-01-24 14:26:44 -0500
more whining and crying, So they are better than everyone deserve special treatment EVEN WHEN THEY DO NOT DESERVE IT. So tired of professional victims whining about everything. Don’t watch the Oscars as I don’t care about movie stars anymore the majority black or white are phony plastic greedy people, and I sure as hell will not watch the black Oscars,
commented 2016-01-24 14:03:49 -0500
Why in the hell can’t we just go back to the way it was, give awards for being the best. Lets not bring race into it all the fucking time.
commented 2016-01-24 13:46:19 -0500
I’m. Sick Of Blacks! Welcome to Mob rule.
Personally I’m fed up with actors and there holier than thou egos.
commented 2016-01-24 12:30:35 -0500
I lost all respect for the guy when after the George Zimmerman trial he tweeted George’s address exposing him and his family to physical and death threats which was bad enough but to make matters worse he got the wrong address exposing people unrelated to violence.
commented 2016-01-24 12:14:54 -0500
A quick and dirty search found the examples below.

Imagine the outcry if “black” was replaced by “white”

And we are racist?

I believe the real word is “realist”.

How many “whites only” organizations are there in the US of A – other than the bad ones?


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The Black Movie Awards (BMAs) is an annual ceremony held to recognize achievements of film actors of African descent and to honor films that stand out in their portrayal of Black experience.

American Black Film Festival : : : : JUNE 15-19, 2016, MIAMI
Held in June of each year in South Beach. Dedicated to supporting the cinematic work of Black filmmakers.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest, oldest, most successful and most comprehensive minority higher-education assistance organization. The UNCF provides operating funds and technology enhancement services for 39 member historically African-American colleges and universities, scholarships and internships for students at approximately 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.

Organization of Black Designers
The Organization of Black Designers is a non-profit national professional association dedicated to promoting the visibility, education, empowerment and interaction of its membership and the understanding and value that diverse design perspectives contribute to world culture and commerce. The Organization of Black Designers is the first national organization dedicated to addressing the unique needs of African-American design professionals.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
The National Society of Black Engineers’ mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible African-American engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

National Urban League
The National Urban League is a civil-rights organization focused on the economic empowerment of underserved urban communities. The National Urban League works through 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia to provide programming, public policy research and advocacy designed to improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.

National Newspaper Publishers Association
The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the African-American Press of America, is a 65-year-old federation of more than 200 African-American community newspapers from across the United States.

National Medical Association (NMA)
The National Medical Association promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. The organization is a leading force for parity in medicine, the elimination of health disparities and the promotion of optimal health.

National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW)
The mission of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is to develop leaders who will help to rebuild their communities and redirect the energies of younger African-Americans in those communities. To meet the diverse needs of its members and to empower African American women in general, NCBW implements programs that provide an effective network among African-American women, establish links between NCBW and the corporate and political sectors, enable African-American women to be a visible force in the socioeconomic arena and meet the career needs of these women and facilitate their access to mainstream America.

National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW)
The National Council of Negro Women is an assembly of national African-American women’s organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935, the NCNW’s mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)
The National Black Nurses Association’s mission is to provide a forum for collective action by African-American nurses to investigate, define and determine the health care needs of African-Americans and implement change to make health care for African Americans and other minorities commensurate with that of the larger society.

National Black MBA Association
The National Black MBA Association is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the African-American community. In partnership with more than 400 of the country’s top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sector. The National Black MBA Association, which has more than 6,000 members and represents more than 95,000 MBA graduates, operates around three cornerstones—education, employment and leadership.

National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)
The National Black Chamber of Commerce, incorporated in Washington, D.C. in March 1993, represents 95,000 African-American–owned businesses and provides advocacy that reaches one million African-American-owned businesses. Throughout the 1990s, African-American businesses in the United States posted sales of more than $100 billion annually. In general, African Americans represent an annual spending base of more than $800 billion. NBCC has harnessed much of the power of these dollars and provides unique opportunities for corporations and African-American businesses to partner in creating greater opportunity for all people.

National Black Business Council, Inc.
The National Black Business Council is dedicated to creating and advancing African-American businesses through a national alliance of African-American companies and economic development organizations. The alliance was formed to encourage African-American business leaders to fully participate in the federal policy and legislative process.

National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of African-American journalists worldwide.

National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD)
The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers’ mission is to increase the number of African Americans in developing, managing, operating and owning hotel properties.

National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.
The National Association of Black Accountants is a nationwide organization with the primary purpose of developing, encouraging and serving as a resource for greater participation by African Americans and other minorities in the accounting and finance profession.

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies informs and illuminates the nation’s major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination. The center’s goals are to improve the socioeconomic status of African Americans and other minorities, expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas and promote communications and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation’s pluralistic society.

The Executive Leadership Council
The Executive Leadership Council is an independent, non-profit 501©(6) corporation, founded in 1986 by 19 African-American corporate executives dedicated to a bold mission — to provide African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies with a network and leadership forum that adds perspective and direction to the achievement of excellence in business, economic and public policies for the African-American community, their corporations and the community at large.

The Association of Black Psychologists
The Association of Black Psychologists was established to address the long-neglected needs of African-American professionals. The group’s goal is to have a positive impact on the mental health of the African-American community by providing programs, services, training and advocacy.

American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
The American Association of Blacks in Energy is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensuring the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies, regulations, R&D technologies and environmental issues.
commented 2016-01-24 11:50:26 -0500
I think there should be awards for best lesbian thespian and best cracker in a culturally appropriating role.