Fighting Racism: A War on Every Front

Saginaw Grant & Loren Anthony, actors who left the set of Adam Sandler’s upcoming racist film, ‘Ridiculous Six’.

A  dozen Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s “comedy”, The Ridiculous Six, earlier this week. Sadly, the script was riddled with insults to the Native American Community. Native female characters were given sexually objectifying names like “Never Wears Bra” and “Beaver’s Breath”.

Allison Young, Navajo, confronted  producers about her concerns. “They just told us, ‘If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.’…Nothing has changed. We are still just Hollywood Indians.”

In addition to the offensive character names, the costumes are highly stereotypical and inaccurate. Once of the twelve to walk away was the film’s Native consultant, who was hired to ensure respectful and historical accuracy. Characters were dressed in a way that didn’t resemble the Apache tribe at all.

Our law enforcement commits atrocities against the African American Community (as well as many  other minorities) daily. Recently, George Takei had to intervene to prevent a terrible auction of personal items belonging to and art works made by Japanese Americans while they were imprisoned in American internment camps. We cheer on the “Redskins” in stadiums. We tell minorities to look “more white” to be “more beautiful”. Profiling, offensive stereotypes, objectification, murder, sexual assault, unbalanced/racist incarceration rates, etc, are all weapons of the systematic oppression minorities face in this country. Racism isn’t even “just alive”. It’s thriving, consuming, and blood-thirsty. The problem isn’t just a hand-full of racist employers, police officers, and politicians. This is intensely wide-spread, rooted, and promoted. Our media, judicial systems, and expectations are tainted.

Everyone has the responsibility to change this system.

How do you participate and perpetuate a racist society? In what ways do you call out others (or yourself) on racist assumptions, comments, “jokes”, microaggressions, etc?

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One thought on “Fighting Racism: A War on Every Front

  1. Thank you for this post. While it makes me sad to hear that these problems are still very current, it makes me proud to hear that minorities are taking a stand against it! I believe that a lot of racism is perpetuated simply due to the fact that it has become (for some) completely normalized, and it is hard for those people to distinguish between what is inappropriate and what can be classified as acceptable “poking fun at.” How can we publicize to the broader public what is and isn’t ok?


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