I heard the news today – Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globes in protest. There is growing frustration with the Hollywood Foreign Press for lack of racial diversity. They do not have any African or African-American members at all, at least not for the past twenty years. That doesn’t even make any sense. If this is an organization of journalists from all over the world wouldn’t that mean the whole world and all the countries which includes all of Africa?
Apparently there is growing pressure on the organization – change or else. Stars returning their prestigious awards. Production companies pulling away from them. Most dramatically, NBC won’t air their reward show. I think it will work – they will learn their lesson.
Yet it reminds me of cohousing. For years (I”d say since the start of cohousing in the US) many people bemoan about the lack of diversity. I feel like if anyone is really concerned about diversity, they would make it happen. I also feel like when wealthy, privileged people discuss diversity they want people that look different on the outside but act exactly like themselves on the inside
I have heard about microaggressions that people of color have experienced in cohousing groups (forming and established communities). I also know that it is not up to those receiving such microaggressions to teach white Americans about racism.
I know I felt shut down when I brought up fat shaming. That was something everyone should have been open to. Body image issues are huge in the upper middle class. I know that is just one community, but it showed how hard it is for people to open their mind to other ways of thinking and how hurtful it is when they say something that they don’t feel is a big idea. To the person on the other end – it feels like you are not welcome there.
I don’t know how to make it urgent like the pressure on the Golden Globes but I think listening, outreach, research, and doing more than talk are the first steps.