In entertainment, there’s a concept called “whitewashing.” Basically, there’s an idea that you shouldn’t cast a character originally of some other ethnicity with a white actor.
Now, let’s be clear, I agree that whitewashing characters is not a great thing. For one, the character was created as part of a total vision, and for a white actor play to play that not just ignores a minority character, but betrays the underlying character itself.
Since there’s apparently a shortage of minority roles, it’s less than an ideal situation for minority actors.
Yet the American left, filled with the people who decry whitewashing, think that the reverse is just fine.
See, in their minds, it’s OK because white actors have enough opportunities anyway. In fairness, white actors do have a lot of opportunities in the film.
Where the problem lies, at least for me, is that it represents a double-standard masquerading as equality.
It’s nothing of the sort.
What actually happens then is that you’ve simply shifted the party you’re taking a crap on. If flipping the ethnicity is wrong, then it needs to be always wrong.
Yet the “equality” or “equity” crowd never sees it that way. For them, the fact that you’re part of the “elite” ethnicity makes it so you’re it’s safe to treat you like crap.
Now, in fairness, it’s not just entertainment where this happens. All over the place, the left believes it’s fine to take the discriminatory policies that they decry and simply apply them to another side.
One would think that the problems of this would be obvious, but it’s apparently not. Not to everyone.
See, when you make it clear that two sets of rules are acceptable, it’s only a matter of time before someone decides to use that fact against those same minorities.
Take, for example, the fact that many minorities students—typically black and Hispanic students—face the possibility of people believing their only in a given school because of affirmative action. The fact that such a policy exists is, to some degree, weaponized for discriminatory purposes, thus undermining much of why the policy was created in the first place.
It’s even worse for those students who would have been admitted no matter what, which could theoretically be all of them. The fact that some minorities may benefit from such a practice then is used to dismiss all of them.
What matters is that everyone gets an equal opportunity, yet that will never happen when you’re trying to create policies that ultimately undermine that by stacking the deck.
Unfortunately, progressives don’t see that.
To them, the best way to reverse a past wrong is to literally reverse it. It’s not the process that was the problem, but the target. Kind of like McCarthyism, when you really think about it.
I’d love to say that there’s a way out from this, but there isn’t. Not as things currently stand.
Any attempt to rectify it will invariably be called racism, usually by people who fail to see their own racism.
That’s right, this double standard is nothing more than racism in and of itself.
If a minority must be cast in a specific role, then why in the hell do you think there shouldn’t be roles specifically for white actors? If you stack the deck to help minorities get into some colleges, why aren’t there times when you should help white students get in?
It’s idiotic, of course, but that’s because American progressives don’t actually believe they need to be consistent. It’s different, they argue, though it really isn’t.
The truth is that “equality” isn’t the goal. It never was.
What they want is to simply flip the script and make white men and women the oppressed. They can’t see that oppression in and of itself is wrong regardless of who is oppressing who.
Then again, it’s not like they care.