Kerry Washington

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.

  • Brownie

    I think I could listen to her talk all day. She’s such a brilliant woman.

  • Lola

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kerry Washington. Brains and Beauty. She is well-spoken, well-mannered, educated, intelligent, keeps her private life private and is gorgeous. She is such a breath of fresh hair in a day an age where most black women we see in the media are talentless fame whores (excuse my French) whose claim to fame is to date equally uneducated but rich men and to make fools of themselves in reality TV shows. They are foolish high-maintenance banshees and totally deluded at that.

    To me Kerry is the epitome of real class. Class is not about Louboutins and Prada bags. To me real class is about awareness and self-awareness, self-respect and respect of others. Choosing to live one’s life with dignity and kindness.

    We need more women like Kerry. There are out there but unfortunately rarely given a chance. Nicole Beharie is the leading lady in Fox’ Sleepy Hollow I hope it’s going to be a success.

  • student

    I totally agree with her. I feel like the post racial agenda is basically a bunch of hipster-lite types saying “let’s all hold hands, take deep breaths, and pretend that everyone is white”.

  • Lola

    fresh air

  • http://gravatar.com/hsm36 Whatever

    I agree. Every time she gives an interview, I am pleased with her responses and her stance on tough issues. She is very eloquent.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    THIS! Post Racial does NOT solve existing problems that is already here but just deter them and hide them better. Furthermore, being different, acknowledging differences and being comfortable in your differences/experiences isn’t bad it is only bad when you think yours is superior and should be the default experiences for all. I must say I love Kerry Washington; her star power is rising at the perfect time because she so eloquently states issues without hiding behind the PC jargon of Hollywood like a few black actresses.

  • http://loveartjustice.wordpress.com reflective

    This made me want to look up her education. She graduated Phi Betta Kappa from GWU with a double major in sociology and anthropology, so no wonder she can speak so intelligently about this. Go Ahead Ms. Washington!

  • Gal

    I hate being the one to burst the bubble but Kerry is not a very nice person in real life. She has good PR though. Her and Gabrielle, both good at hiding the fact that they are not nice to other women.

  • Marisa

    I caught a little bit of the N-Word special on CNN and an author Tim Wise who is white said that its not so much people saying the word but, those in positions of power who continute to keep long standing policies that are racist. This country issue is long standing institutionalized racism, which may not be as blantant as years past but, its still there. No such thing as post racial anyway, another empty catch phrase of the moment.

  • truth

    Zoe Saldana take notes!

  • Lauren

    Reason #25 why I love Kerry Washington!

  • Mademoiselle

    “We don’t want to all be the same. Who wants that? Hitler did, but who else?” The. End.

  • Agatha

    It’s all great, but such thing as ‘race’ doesn’t exist in regards to human beings. She should know this since she studied antropology. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/1998-10/WUiS-GSRD-071098.php

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  • http://twitter.com/sniddley snads (ง •̀ゝ•́)ง (@sniddley)

    you are correct. race is a social construct. but that doesn’t mean it plays no effect in our lives.

  • staggrli

    Just because it doesn’t have any biological or taxonomic significance, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It’s a social construct for sure, but it still ‘exists’. Anthropology is the study of humankind, biological AND social.

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