Black film-makers called on Hollywood to end systemic racism

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More than 300 black American actors and producers called on Hollywood to get rid of the police system and invest in the African American community. This is stated in an open letter published June 23 in the publication Variety.

The appeal was initiated by actor Kendrick Sampson, in which police officers shot several times with rubber bullets during protests in Los Angeles. Under his letter signed the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, employees of the film studio A24, actresses Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Tessa Thompson, Tandy Newton, Zoe Kravitz, Kerry Washington, as well as actors Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, Billy Porter, David Oyelouo and others.

“By allowing white people to control and reject the stories of black life, Hollywood is directly and indirectly damaging and oppressing our community. Because Hollywood is a huge part of the problem, we demand that it be part of the solution. We blacks have enormous, immeasurable cultural and economic value to the industry. We have every right to demand these changes,” the letter says.

According to the signatories, Hollywood has established a “cult of white supremacy” and “the myth of lack of universality” and the demand for products of black filmmakers.

In this regard, they called on the figures of the “dream factory” to disassociate themselves from the police and invest more in the work of African American authors.