So liberals and black activists are working hard these days as they continue to insult and condemn just about all white people. More recently, we’ve seen the revival of #OscarsSo White to protest the perceived lack of diversity in Hollywood and, of course, Black Lives Matter continues to chug along, disrupting traffic, campaign events (even the campaigns of liberals who generally kowtow to minorities), and other activities.
The #OscarsSoWhite criticism is especially bizarre – it’s as if liberals have all turned into Rip Van Winkle, acting like they’ve been asleep not for 20 years, but for the last 30 or 40 years. All anyone needs to do to see the lie about Hollywood’s lack of diversity is to open their eyes and look at the product. Black actors and other minorities are everywhere in movies, television programs, and commercials. And this has been true for a long time.
African Americans accounted for 12.5% of the actors in the top 100 films in Hollywood from 2007-2014, which is almost identical to the percentage of blacks in the population (see here). Over the last ten years, the percentage of black actors and actresses nominated for an academy award and who won an Oscar is 12% and 13.2%, respectively. And since the year 2000, black actors and actresses have won 14.6% of the time. The “lack of diversity” line about Hollywood is simply an outright lie, and a more accurate hashtag for the Oscars would be #OscarsSoProportional.
With facts like these, one might suspect that liberals and black activists are not quite right in the head. For decades liberals have suggested that conservatives are crazy, but it may be liberals who have the mental issues. A well-known Black Lives Matter activist recently committed suicide in Ohio. Evidently, depression is not uncommon among activists and organizers, and the Washington Post suggests that activism brings on depression and despair (see here). But the opposite is more likely true: mental illness results in activism.
For example, at the University of Missouri last fall, a graduate student went on a hunger strike to protest discrimination and “micro-aggressions” on campus (see here). As it happens, this student’s father is an executive vice-president at Union Pacific railroad who earns over $8 million a year. So here we have a 25-year old rich kid who most likely never experienced real discrimination in his life attending a flagship state university dominated by politically correct liberals for decades, threatening to starve himself to death, because of aggression that can’t be detected, except by microscope.
This is nuts and it’s absurd to claim that activism is causing the nuttiness. The micro-aggression business is like that old Seinfeld episode where Jerry drops his girlfriend’s toothbrush in the toilet and she used it before he was able to tell her about it. Later, he can’t kiss her, even after he surreptitiously sanitized her mouth because, as he explained to Elaine, she has a taint. Elaine tells him that he’s now looking for fault on a subatomic level and suggests that he might be demented if he can’t kiss her. Black Lives Matter is now living in a subatomic world of dementia.
Well, dementia and lies. Black Lives Matter gained national attention with the Ferguson “hands up, don’t shoot” lie and the group and its supporters continue to lie to this day about the nature of police shootings. Black men in fact are not more likely to be shot by police than whites or Hispanics. Anyone wishing to grasp this fact, and to understand how the issue is properly analyzed, need only read some of Heather Mac Donald’s writings at the Manhattan Institute.
But the truth doesn’t matter to liberals and black activists. As Al Sharpton pointed out almost 30 years ago when he was lying about Tawana Brawley, the truth doesn’t matter when the goal is to “create a movement.” And the goal of the movement is power. Any suggestion that it is something else, such as justice, for example, is simply another of the movement’s lies.