The Misconception about Race Casting in Hollywood
The number of ethnic minority actors hired in the American film and television industry is pretty small when one takes a look at the ethnographic makeup of the country. Down the years, numerous frivolous excuses were made on the part of producers to not recruit ethnic minorities, deeming them as misfits for what were regarded as traditionally American roles. In the last fifteen years however, there has been a surge in the recruitment of artists who rank among the ethnic minorities, resulting in white actors to think that they are now hard pressed for jobs because of this.
There continues to remain a major difference between the number of actors from the minority community and the actual minority population in the states. The numbers of recruitment have improved only very marginally in comparison to previous years. According to recent data minorities happen to be under represented at the ratio of six to one when it comes to the television and broadcasting industry. Structural racism continues to be practiced in spite of strong black television consumerism in America as indicated in a report given by Nielsen back in 2013, that, “Blacks watch more television (37%), make more shopping trips (eight), purchase more ethnic beauty and grooming products (nine times more),”