Post-racial is bull and it seems as though Kerry Washington knows it.
The Scandal star recently sat down with The Guardian and opened up about her views on seeing the world through “post-racial” lenses.
“I don’t believe in post-racial. It’s like saying we should live in a post-gender world. But I love being a woman! I am interested in living in a post-sexist world and feel the same about race. I don’t want to live in a post-race world because being black is really exciting. I mean” – she laughs – “it’s who I am. I’m a woman, black, from New York, Aquarius – these are things that create who I am. I’m interested in living in a post-racist world, where being African-American doesn’t dictate limitations on what I can do – but I don’t want to live post-race. Our differences are so fascinating and wonderful. We don’t want to all be the same. Who wants that? Hitler did, but who else?
When it comes to being a black woman in Hollywood race is a double-edged sword.
“There are two sides to this coin. I have had, and still do, experiences where someone will say, ‘You know, we just don’t really see this character as black. We don’t want to go black with her.’ Some of it I respect, because this is a visual medium, so I don’t believe in colour-blind casting. But I think sometimes people make that decision out of fear, or laziness, or just not wanting to have to travel down roads that aren’t familiar.” On the other hand, she points out that, were she white, she wouldn’t have landed her biggest movie roles. “It has its downsides – there have been things I’ve loved but I haven’t been able to be a part of – but it’s also had its upsides.”
It’s good to read that Kerry is a great understanding on race and how it works in Hollywood.