The 2016 Oscars were lumbered with the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and a spate of the richest people on Earth saying they wouldn’t attend. The claim was that black people are disproportionately underrepresented in the Oscars. Yet when The Economist crunched the numbers, they found that blacks won a disproportionately high share of Oscars, both in terms of their percentage of the national population and their share of top acting roles.
The year following that controversy, of course, a huge proportion of the nominees were black. Everyone is fine with this, we guess, because either it’s a meritocracy, in which case the best actors win, or, as the instigator of the #OscarsSoWhite predictably stated, “One year of films reflecting the Black experience doesn’t make up for 80 yrs of underrepresentation of ALL groups.”
We are still waiting on the hashtag campaigns for #NBASoBlack, #LadyGagaConcertsSoGay, and #AnimeSoJapanese to really kick off, but we’re sure true equality is around the corner.
7. Demands For Reparations Are Racist
The idea that white people owe money to black people is to assume guilt by association of race. Because Person A is white, they by default owe reparations, though they committed no crime and though their ancestors likely never owned slaves.
By this same logic, Spain could demand reparations from the entire Islamic world for the 500-year occupation of the peninsula and the countless slaves (who were white) taken and sold by the Moors. We don’t do that though because for some reason it’s taken as a given that we do not judge people today by the actions of their forefathers—except when we’re discussing race in America. According to records, only 400,000 of over 10 million slaves shipped to the new world landed in North America. Brazil doesn’t seem to be wracked with the same material obsession over how much white people owe blacks.
The argument about reparations simultaneously disparages white people for being white and encourages a victim mentality among blacks.