Famous actor Tom Hanks said that filmmakers should tackle racism better. He explained that Black history and the societal effects of racism were underrepresented in the entertainment industry and American schools.
After the Tulsa race massacre marked its 100th anniversary on Friday, Tom Hanks wrote that history is “written mainly by white people about white people like me and that history of Black people, including the horrors of Tulsa, is ignored too often.
It is something that the entertainment industry, which many people use as a base to determine what history is and what is forgotten, has done until relatively recently. I include projects of mine in that list, he said. In a message to his colleagues, he explained that historical fiction entertainment must better portray racism currently present in our country, considering the art form’s claims of genuineness and authenticity.
“Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific,” and “John Adams” are among the historical films and TV shows in which Hanks has appeared or produced, and he has also appeared in documentaries about the history of the United States.
Following years of debate about a lack of diversity in the film industry, he urges his fellow filmmakers and producers to participate. This issue is discussed virtually every time an awards season rolls around. According to Hanks, the TV series “Watchmen” and “Lovecraft Country” depict the Tulsa massacre in an insightful way.
The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that 32% of top-grossing movies in 2019 featured an underrepresented actor in the lead role or co-starring role — a significant jump over the 13% figure recorded in 2007 when the study began.
Nevertheless, most of the industry’s major award ceremonies are frequently criticized for their lack of diversity in nominations. While the #OscarsSoWhite campaign has plagued the Academy Awards for years, this year’s Golden Globes was in the spotlight for being over-represented by members of the White ethnicity.
In one of the worst acts of racial violence in US history, the Tulsa massacre, which took place over two days from 1921 to 1922, caused the death of 300 black people and the destruction of a once prosperous Oklahoma neighborhood.
In the United States, a day of remembrance commemorated its 100th anniversary. President Joe Biden also discussed the erasure of the event from the historical lore of the United States in a speech. The President stated that it was not a riot. He described the massacre as “among the worst in our history, but it wasn’t the only one.” He added that our past had forgotten this tragedy too long. After it occurred, there was an apparent effort to blot it out of collective memory.