I’m not going to sugar coat anything here. We must acknowledge that White Male Privilege exists and it’s detrimental to everyone who isn’t white and male. It’s understandable that people feel Hollywood is racist for giving a Golden Globe nod to Casey Affleck, a white man, while giving the middle finger to Nate Parker, a black man. Is racism really to blame? Nate Parker was accused but acquitted of a rape charge while Affleck was accused of sexual harassment and settled after a civil suit. So we have rape vs sexual harassment. I need to emphasize that sexual harassment is traumatizing but to say it’s the same as an actual rape is like saying shoving a person is as bad as killing them. It is worth noting that Parker’s accuser went on to commit suicide. Affleck’s accusers are both alive although I dare not say alive and well. Could it be that the severity of rape over sexual harassment is the reason why Affleck is treated more favorably than Parker. It’s possible but it still doesn’t account for the fact that Parker was acquitted but still snubbed. It also doesn’t mean that Hollywood is wrong for snubbing Parker. To be brutally honest, I can’t say with certainty that Affleck would not be treated so gently by Hollywood if he were accused of rape. After all, white male privilege exists.
What I find more disturbing than the claim of racism is the general implication that a black criminal should be treated less harshly because a white criminal benefits from white privilege. I’ve noticed this sentiment is expressed in cases were men are actually tried and convicted of crimes. Such a notion is dangerous. A white man’s racial privilege should not vindicate a black man. Rather, victims of crime should receive the same justice regardless of the perpetrator’s race. Period, end of story.
Is Hollywood racist? Yes. That doesn’t mean racism is behind everything that makes us uncomfortable.