The racially obsessed website known as “The Root” has once again reached the wrong conclusion about something one of its writers saw in the media.
The problem began when Us Director Jordan Peele told The Hollywood Reporter that he wasn’t going to cast any white lead in his movie:
“I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don’t like white dudes,” he said, nodding over to his moderator pal Roberts. “But I’ve seen that movie.” The line drew loud applause and shouts of agreement. “It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time — a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false.”
The reaction from the internet inevitably came with people upset about the statement, and Tonja Renée Stidhum of The Root took a couple of examples and made an article out of it.
“Like clockwork, those aforementioned “white dudes” took a short break from soaking in their regularly scheduled mayo bath and expressed just how pissed they were,” wrote Stidhum.
I can only assume Stidhum missed the point of the anger due to her obvious racism that bleeds in torrents through the article. However, I’m not surprised she missed the point. Many race baiters, social justice advocates, and identity politics fans tend to fall just short of realizing what the point of racially centered outrage is.
Peele is well within his right to not hire white people as leads in his films if he so chooses, and fair enough. It’s his film, and if the lead character only works as a black man, then more power to him. If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s hiring someone unfit for the role all for the sake of diversity. I rolled my eyes when the racial brigade came for Dunkirk, angry that the soldiers portrayed were all white…in Europe…during World War 2.
The problem isn’t that Peele doesn’t want to hire white people for his leads. The problem is that no other director is able to say such a thing without having participants in the Oppression Olympics crawl down their throat, declare them racist, and figuratively crucify them in the public circle. Think pieces from major publications would pop up like a colony of meerkats, and boycott campaigns would rise, likely with some ridiculous hashtag attached that would be paraded around symbolically at a Hollywood award show.
“It’s okay when we do it” seems to be the calling card of the social justice-obsessed who use the excuse that they can be as racist as they want because of systemic problems. “Yeah, but we’re not in power” isn’t as valid as the race baiters think. There are too many successful and powerful people of all walks of life for the power excuse to stick. Racism is racism, and it helps no one.
I don’t think Peele is racist for saying he only wants to cast black leads. He even says in the next breath that he has no problem with white people, and I believe him. Even his mother is white. The stories he wants to tell, however, require a black person, and I’m not going to begrudge him that.
What bothers me is the obvious inconsistency from the true racists within the identitarian community who complain about the white actors in Dunkirk one moment, then celebrate statements like Peele’s the next on a website that, were I to swap some select words around, would look a lot like the Daily Stormer. This is the same site that suggested black people should bark at white people if they began speaking around them until they go quiet.
But no one is calling that out either.