If anyone doubts struggles in diversity, it only requires a quick look at Variety’s 111 years of publication to find the proof.
The history of show business is a history of bias, which can be broken down into three general eras: Humiliation (1905-42) when grossly demeaning terms like “coon” and vile treatment were “normal”; protest (1942-49), when voices were raised in simple requests that demeaning stereotypes and racist images be removed from entertainment; and the struggle for equality (1949-2016), when groups began confronting the absence of people of color in key above- and below-the-line fields. For those who still don’t quite understand the fury behind the current demands for change, it should be noted that this third phase is now approaching its 70th year.
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