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Feb 8, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
On the subject of representation and inclusion, it is misguided and downright factually incorrect to suggest that black women do not support other marginalized groups. Black women have used their influence and power to hire and cast a diverse range of people in their work.
Think of Shonda Rhimes. She rules Thurdays nights with her trifecta of hit series (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder). In addition to casting white and black actors, all three feature NBPOC in lead roles AND all three have featured queer characters.
Over on the CW, we're seeing Mara Brock Akil (and her husband Salim Akil) are killing it with #BlackLightning. The series not only features the FIRST black lesbian superhero, but it also features a groundbreaking interracial queer romance between Anissa and Grace Choi.
If we look at the dramas on OWN, you'll see that both #QueenSugar and #Greenleaf cast biracial (black/Asian) women as leads. That said, sadly Merle Dandridge and Dawn-Lyen Gardner's Asian heritage are not reflected through their characters.
Then, in just a few short weeks, Ava DuVernay is blessing us with A Wrinkle in Time. It would be remiss not to discuss the importance of Mindy Kaling's casting/role in such a major release.
So, don't target a group that has historically had very little power. Instead turn that ire towards the cishet white men who still sit at the top of the Hollywood pyramid and let folks enjoy the representation that they so rightfully deserve without your attempt at a guilt trip.
On social media, I have regularly seen black women throw their support behind shows like Into the Badlands, thirst after the likes of Jason Momoa and Lewis Tan, and joined with the many Asian-Americans who objected to the casting of Iron Fist and Ghost in the Shell.
At the end of the day, in-fighting between marginalized groups is not going to solve anything especially when it only reveals a whole lot of anti-black racism in the process. The receipts clearly show that BW support everybody (when they owe it to no one to do so). So...

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