Since a few people have asked, here is the source: http://bknation.org/2014/02/bk-nation-interview-bell-hooks/
Sorry I forgot to include it when I first posted this!
"Very recently I had a conversation with Cornel West in my house. I shared with him that people kept asking me when Obama first ran did I think it would make a difference in lives of Black males. I said yes, symbolically. On issues of illiteracy, poverty, the sense of meaning of Black males, no. I saw Obama having great ties to the wealthy and the sustaining of the wealthy. His militarism alone puts him at odds with Black males or any of us sustaining our lives. I think a lot of the things Obama did were evident of who he was before he took office. If anything we have learned from both the civil rights and feminist movements is that we have people in power who look like us but do not represent us. Too often we focus on image over the action.
Things that have happened, the killings of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis. We have seen the incredible rise of fascism in America with President Obama in office. These kinds of lynchings of Black people, says we are a group not capable of keeping ourselves alive, that we are at risk. Being here in Florida right now a lot of Black people feel at risk, especially Black men and Black boys. It is not just Florida. Such a repetition of state-supported violence all over America. Look at the movie Fruitvale Station about the police murder of Oscar Grant in California.
We have to go back to Dr. King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” A lot of people, he said, would rather see an end to democracy than have racial equality. We are living that reality, a state-supported White supremacy. It is about stopping Black people, because Black people have advanced a great deal. You stop that with drug addiction, with health issues, with racial attacks. If you are a Black woman with money the illnesses that kill a poor Black woman also kill you. The common factor in both is stress.”
Hands thay know fear but are unafraid Hands that know what is to be both unloved and love
Hands that will siphon my tears, cup my laughter
With fingers that’ll nitpick my pain without tearing my fragile
Hands that will hold me and know
I am a thousand tears away from the child I used to be
But before she said all that, she said
"I’m a fucking Indian woman who has her own fucking network show," exclaimed an exasperated Mindy Kaling at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, when asked by a member of the 2,000-person crowd why there aren’t more women of colour on “The Mindy Project.”
"No one asks any of these other shows that I adore — and I won’t name them because they’re my friends — why no leads on their show are women or women of colour, but I’m the one who gets all of these things.
“It is a little insulting. I don’t run the country, I’m not a political figure, I’m someone writing a show and I want to use funny people. What should I be doing? It’s a little frustrating to me,” Kaling continued.
“People have a higher expectation for me. They say, ‘why aren’t you doing more?’ The answer is: I always want to be doing more, because people should always be doing as much as they possibly can. But my full-time job is not a casting director of ‘The Mindy Project,’ my job is producer-writer-star.”
First of all, people do ask her “friends” (like Lena Dunham) why there are no women or women of color on their shows. People ask these questions of White Male and White female creators all the time. Shit, people ask Shonda Rhimes why there aren’t more Black people on her shows. People stay asking Tyler Perry what his fucking problem is!
"I want to use funny people" So… only White Men are funny?
"What should I be doing?" How about listening to the people, namely, the women and women of color who criticize your show?
"My full-time job is not a casting director…" So she has zero say-so in who gets cast? Really!?
Like I get it’s frustrating to be the torch-bearer for All Women Of Color Creators In TV but… she’s the ONLY South Asian woman creator in TV. Just because she doesn’t want it to mean anything doesn’t mean it shouldn’t. I don’t think people are looking to her to be perfect but they also aren’t looking for her to be so obtuse she can’t see what role her race and/or gender may play in the greater scheme of things.
Denying such a responsibility to people of your same gender and/or race is a privilege, one that we do not have, imho.
And it’s sad that Mindy *has* to be the voice of Women of Color on TV. Because Mindy shouldn’t be the only one with a voice. There should be multiple Mindy’s and Shonda’s creating TV shows. But there’s not and I guess they have to hold up all our hope and dreams for all of us?
Just want Mindy to take her Do Better. Because I know she can. At least I hope she can…
Bolded mine. This goes for all PoC’s in the media, we just want ya’ll to do better, because we know you can.