Most Helpful Girl
A lot of organizations feel the pressure to overrepresent minorities - especially African Americans, to avoid controversy. It's a real phenomenon. I've done it myself creating marketing materials.
BUT, that doesn't automatically mean than any minority got their achievements or recognition to fill a quota.
But it could mean that, which is why it's such a slippery slope.
Unfortunately, talking REALLY honestly about race, sex and class is extremely difficult.2
Most Helpful Guy
if you make a black quota for awards, then all of a sudden you are not picking the best 8 performances to pick a winner from, you are picking the best 6, with 2 black actors being considered not because their films deserve it, but because a quota demands it.
and what if there are 2 black people, minimum, in every category, and the white performers nominated that year were better, and all won? Should they be expected to lose because someone who did not deliver a performance as good as their own, but who IS black, gets recognition?
No. Everything should be based on quality and merit. EVERYTHING. I don't care if every person nominated is white, or if everyone is black. All I care about is if they deserved to be nominated. And with hundreds of movies made a year, employing thousands of actors, the idea that the very few picked for an award might not include black actors is just part of the system. it is not intentionally keeping them out, it is just that other performances were better!
Besides, when you look at how many well known, big name white actors, have never been nominated, or never won? that shows that it isn't some conspiracy.
If there ABSOLUTELY MUST be a quota to ensure black people win an award, I suggest the category "Best black performance." And when they scream that that is inherently racist, and that they want to be listed with all the white actors? tell them that's how it worked before, and that out of the 2,400 actors in staring and supporting roles, the 8 chose for consideration were chosen for skill, not race, and a shit ton of other white people were also not picked. if they want to win, up their game, and hope that other big name projects flop.0