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The Left’s Racist Insanity

Will Smith King Richard
According to Yahoo’s Erin Donnelly, following the success of The Legend of Bagger Vance and Ali, African – American actor Will Smith is reportedly in talks to take on another sports film. Deadline reports that the Oscar-nominated actor is “poised to play” Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in an upcoming biopic titled King Richard.

There’s only one problem with closing the deal reports Donnelly; Smith is not dark enough to satisfy some of the Left’s louder cultural arbiters.

“Colorism matters,” sports writer Clarence Hill Jr. said of the importance of casting an actor with darker skin to play the 77-year-old Williams.

"It [Colorism] is part of white supremacy, or holding up whiteness over other backgrounds," Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson said. "It has deep implications, historical implications in the black community from beauty standards to professional opportunities to how families have treated one another."

No one is disputing that Will Smith has the star power to headline the film about Williams’s determination to turn his two Compton-raised daughters into tennis champions, however, his rumored casting has already been met with a “colorism” backlash. While Smith and Williams are both black men, critics say the role should go to an actor with darker skin, citing Idris Elba and Mahershala Ali as examples of more appropriate choices.

@AbelPatson tweeted: I love Will Smith as an actor but this ain't it.

Donnelly reports some have compared the casting reports to Zoë Saldana’s portrayal of singer Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic Nina, for which the actress controversially wore dark makeup and a prosthetic nose. Others have brought up Scarlett Johansson, whose role in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell sparked accusations of “whitewashing.”

The Scarlett Johansson comparison prompted @MsSmileSoBright to tweet: Will Smith is about to be the Scarlett Johansson of black movies.

While @Ira tweeted: Is the make-up artist from NINA available.

Hill’s claims about “colorism” were supported by the likes of film writers Valerie Complex (she described the casting as “colorism at work”) and George M. Johnson, who wrote, “Just like Chadwick [Boseman] shouldn’t have played Thurgood Marshall, Will should not play Richard.”

In January 2016 our friend James Simpson published an outstanding exposé of the connection between the Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists and the longtime hard-core Leftists who funded it and put it into motion.

In “Reds Exploiting Blacks: The Roots of Black Lives Matter” Simpson explains that in the context of the radical Left “white” does not mean a person of the Caucasian race. “White” in radical construction means anyone of any race, creed, nationality, color, sex, or sexual preference who embraces these beliefs which to the radical Left are irredeemably evil and anyone who aligns with them is “white” in spirit and thus equally guilty of “white crimes.”

The Black Lives Matter movement carries this narrative to unprecedented heights, observes Simpson, claiming that only whites can be racists. And while justifying violence to achieve “social justice,” the movement’s goal is to overthrow our society to replace it with a Marxist one.

The backlash against Will Smith, however, is different and the debate over whether Smith has the proper “shade” to play Richard Williams is representative of a new element in the Left’s politics of division.

No longer is racial division enough to satisfy the Left’s dividers, now they wish to turn different shades of black and brown people against each other so that Americans’ remedial access to cultural and economic privilege must be determined by the shade of their color; their presumed race is no longer enough.

We see in the debate over whether Will Smith is dark enough to play Richard Williams that the Left’s long-term effort to divide America along racial and ethnic lines is rapidly reaching its logical conclusion in which “colorism” is now to be added to race and ethnicity to become a dividing determinant.

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