In an interview with The Grio, Anthony Mackie sat down to discuss his new film Black and White –and also shared his views on police violence, dreadlocks and the Selma Oscar snub. Check out his comments and video below.

On racial profiling and dreadlocks:

“Like my nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch The First 48 with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks. So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?”

“Let’s just say you have locks and you walking down the street. The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody. You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself,” Mackie said.

On The Oscar’s and Hollywood:

“People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now,” says the actor. “So everybody is shying away from certain topics and certain movies. If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances. “Me specifically, if thats something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better.”

“If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances. Me specifically, if that’s something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better. Hollywood believes that there’s no market overseas for black actors. “They say that about Denzel Washington, they say they have no foreign value. If we’re not financing and doing our own stories, we can’t expect to see ourselves come award season.”

Since the release of his interview with The Grio, Mackie has received massive backlash. The Selma and Black and White star has been called a “house Negro”, and even a “sell-out” on social media for his comments.

Check out the full interview below.

Photo Credit: Getty

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  • ripuree

    Black Must Be Preserved

    Are we truly a self-loving people
    Embracing our image with dignity and pride
    Or do we prefer the images of others
    Instead of the real and true Mc Coy.

    Our skin organ is a seat of emotion and information
    Adorned with scalp hair that helixes like DNA
    So when we only perm it, straighten, or weave
    It’s omnipotence is undermined

    In the universe dark matter/energy is omnipresent
    So black can’t be sinful, as some claim the Bible says?
    Or evil, wicked, worthy of condemnation and without morals
    As dictionaries of the world proclaim.

    Who started the process of black dehumanization anyway
    Thus compelling black youths to kill themselves
    Who made Black a crime on a sun dominant planet
    In a universe where Dark Matter is more than 90%

    Did God not know, that dark matter is dominant
    When black melanin she infused in prototype mankind
    Black as sin is a brutal hoax therefore
    To infect, disjoint and conquer black minds.

    Skin blackness equals black self-protection; remember
    From physical, psychological and mental warfare
    Its omniscient when fed with self-love
    So stop self-hate, from Bible lies.

    In dark wombs all mammals are created
    And in dark matter the Cosmos is upheld
    How could light obliterate darkness therefore
    When from dominant darkness; God said “let there be light!”

    Quiver in fear no more youthful black brothers
    With universal dark matter black melanin is aligned
    Love your skin, your hair and work to uplift each other
    Exchange guns, gangs and drugs, for Black On Black Love

    No more skin bleaching black people the world over
    You lose power to protect and heal when you do
    Black is right for us, as white is right for white people
    So emit black love and compassion to all of mankind.

  • Phoenix Ares

    “Every black guy on that show who did something wrong has dreadlocks.” Is he for real? Plenty dudes on there without dreads. Black men are being targeted whether dreaded or bald. If the nephew wants to dread his hair he IS being his own individual. It’s his hair on HIS head. Uncle might’ve been exaggerating… more like he’s worried his nephew will be targeted more with dreads, which I dispute.

  • Phoenix Ares

    Strongly disagree. Black dudes are profiled whether or not they have dreads. Most men I’ve seen on that show don’t have any. Thinking he’s just concerned his nephew will be profiled more with locs and while it’s good he’s looking out for him, his nephew is his own person. He’ll be just fine with dreads, sir.