Black People Have Been Celebrated More when They Are Subservient – Actor David Oyelowo

In an interview where he finally addresses the
87th Academy Award snub for his movie Selma,
British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo made a
statement that has gotten a lot of attention.
The 38-year-old award winning actor stated, “No,
look, historically — this is truly my feeling; I felt
this before the situation we’re talking about and I
feel it now — generally speaking, we, as black
people, have been celebrated more for when we
are subservient, when we are not being leaders or
kings or being at the center of our own
narrative.”
He went on to explain that because of the critical
and commercial success in 2013 of the Oscar-
winning 12 Years a Slave and The Butler, in which
he played a supporting role, that narrative is
finally beginning to change, he contended,
adding that it was only those films’ strong
performances at the box office that led
Paramount Pictures to back Selma.
He said “So this bears out what I’m saying,” the
actor continued, “which is we’ve just got to come
to the point whereby there isn’t a self-fulfilling
prophecy — a notion of who black people are —
that feeds into what we are celebrated as, not
just in the Academy, but in life generally. We
have been slaves, we have been domestic
servants, we have been criminals, we have been
all of those things. But we have been leaders, we
have been kings, we have been those who
changed the world.”
Do you agree with his observation?

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