by Gray Graham
I wrote this in response to someone asking me if I was going to watch 12 Years A Slave. No matter how many times I say it I can't seem to get enough Black people to understand the realities of the world when it comes to how we are portrayed in film, TV, and other arts. While it is true that actors just play characters and often times these characters are often just bad caricatures that feed a negative stereotype, Black actors continue to accept the roles because in many cases that is their only means of earning a living at their craft. Most are numb to the harm that their roles cause and they wish to only be seen as actors in a color-blind world which of course does not exist.