It seems as though Anthony Mackie has a lot to say when it comes to race in America, and what role we all have to play in it. After an interview with The Grio, Mackie came under fire for his take on the snub of ‘Selma’ at the Oscars, having said:
“People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now, so everybody is shying away from certain topics and certain movies … If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances. Me specifically, if thats something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better.”
He also went on to say that Hollywood sees no value in black films because they don’t appeal to overseas markets, and that “if we’re not financing and doing our own stories, we can’t expect to see ourselves come award season.” Which quickly segued into the topic of racial profiling and the current racial climate in America, to which Mackie offered this bit of insight:
“My nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch The First 48 with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks. So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?”
Because the problem is the person’s choice of hair, not the prejudice people. Mackie continued with a scenario to try and vividly paint the reality of have locs in America.
“Let’s just say you have locs and you walking down the street. The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody. You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself.”
Vixens, weigh in. Do you agree with Mackie’s sentiments or are you totally against his opinion?