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With my last CNN.com column, I managed to start a small kerfuffle among conservatives. I wrote about how pathetic it is that historically, most Oscar-winning directors and producers have been white men — and how this reflects implicit bias more broadly in Hollywood and our society in general.
Some people on Twitter criticized my argument. Among other things, they accused me of playing the race card – echoing a very contorted line of conservative idea that liberals who call out racism in society are actually the racists.
And so I responded with a question:
This was a question to conservatives about how they would otherwise explain the lack of black Oscar-winning and nominated directors and producers, if they don’t attribute it to racism.
However, conservatives interpreted the question as though I was blaming them for implicit racial bias in Hollywood. For the record, I was not. What I was doing was accusing our dominant cultural institution in America of at the very least failing to challenge the implicit biases of society in general and at worst replicating them. In my original essay, I wrote:
“Does Hollywood exclude women and people of color in powerful director and producer roles more than other facets of American business and society? Probably not, but who cares? That doesn’t make the critique any less worth leveling.”