What Color Is Your Racism?
Although most of us have a general understanding of racism , few consider the impact of skin color apart from race.
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“Shed so many tears”
Since: Jan 08
#1 Nov 23, 2012
#2 Nov 24, 2012
Angela Bassett is considered one of the most talented African American actresses of all time, having received multiple NAACP Image Awards and several nominations for Emmy Awards. However, she has yet to receive an Academy Award, despite her electrifying performance in Whatís Love Got to Do With It, where she portrayed recording artist Tina Turner (although it did garner her a Golden Globe). In 2000, Bassett turned down the lead female role in Monster's Ball, because of the script's sexual content, where she would have played a poor, abusive, single Black mother, who engages in a highly sexualized relationship with her deceased husbandís executioner.
I have nothing but respect for Bassettís decision to reject this unsavory Black female stereotype, despite the fact that the role earned the fair-skinned Halle Berry the Academy Award.
#3 Nov 24, 2012
The fact that Halle won an Academy role for that portrayal of a bw and Denzel won his for his portrayal of a bm in Training day speaks volumes about the subtle soft racism that many blacks have been willing to ignore.
It's a responsible conscious effort Mrs. Bassett put forth to not set a bad example. That entire movie reeked of intentional double entendres.
And by playing a light skin woman against a dark skinned woman by rewarding Halle for tarnishing a bw's image was typical.
I love me some Bassett. Ivy league educated, with a fierce presence, keen intellect and smoking hot looks.
Michelle Obama & Angela Bassett representing the back bone of bw well!
#4 Nov 24, 2012
it is white
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