For those unaware, Marc Lamont Hill is a man of many trades. Just take a look at his Twitter bio, and you’d be surprised he was able to fit all his job titles in that teeny tiny box.
But what the CNN Commentator is most known for is his ability to articulately express his views on social justice and diversity, or in the case of the 2016 Academy Awards, the lack there of.
During an exchange with Twitter user James Coughlin Wednesday (January 20) Mr. Hill perfectly explained why in the 88 years of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences, only a handful of black actors have been awarded the coveted golden statue.
Sir. The fact that you can name all the Black people who won an Oscar over the last 88 years is exactly the point. https://t.co/He3j8ra2iz
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) January 20, 2016
“Tell that to Lupita Nyong’o, Denzel, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Halle Berry, Monique Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin neglected to mention Whoopi Goldberg and Sidney Poitier, but was still able to fit a majority of the African-American Oscar winners in one Tweet.
Hill, who has been known to win a debate or two when defending the plight of minorities, encapsulated the issue with the Academy’s stance towards diversity swimmingly.