“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’

That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” ~ Viola Davis


So, Viola Davis spoke her truth at the Emmy Awards Program last night
While holding an Emmy she had just won, I might add
And this soap opera actress
Of whom I have never heard
Because I don’t watch soap operas
Decides that Viola’s truth is not really Viola’s truth
That she, Viola, has never suffered loss because of her color or her hair
That, in fact, she (the soap opera actress) has suffered discrimination just like Viola and every other female actress
Because “All Female Actresses Matter”
So, stop your whining Viola, we are all in the same boat together
Say, can you hear echoes of Matt Damon explaining to the woman who has lived on the periphery of diversity all her life exactly what diversity looks like
Even if this soap opera person’s take were true for Viola
And I’m pretty Black sure it isn’t
She would still be seen as the exception rather than the rule
And probably is still seen as such by many in that industry
The break-out talent that the industry deigns to accommodate as the token accepted one
So, let me see if I have this right
Only the white privileged have the authority to define diversity and discrimination to those who who are not included or accepted

And the beat goes on …

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