Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Race Politics in Hollywood

An accomplished academic, Dr. Jeremy Levitt has also been an administrator at such institutions as Florida A&M University College of Law. An author on a wide variety of topics pertaining to national and international affairs, Dr. Jeremy Levitt has expertise in race politics and how they affect our culture.

Race politics play a large part in the inner workings of any institution, and can change the experience of those within it. This has been made clear by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, which brought to light the racial imbalance among the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards. Researchers have found, however, the Oscars are only a small example of race politics in Hollywood.

A study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication suggests a dearth of inclusiveness in hiring in Hollywood. A survey of major media outlets including Netflix, Hulu, and CBS found that 71 percent of characters shown had popularly known “White” names, with the remaining 28 percent of characters being people of color with ethnic names. This evidence supports the claim that there are race politics in Hollywood, as this number is not representative of the percentage of minorities in the US population.