Jamie Foxx is sparking controversy once again for saying that black people are the “most talented people in the world.”
The Django Unchained star has earned a fair share on controversy in the recent past for calling President Obama our “Lord and Savior” and seemingly celebrating the fact that he got to kill white people in Tarantino’s latest film. On February 1, Foxx was honored as the NAACP’s Entertainer of the Year, and during his acceptance speech, during which he paid tribute to Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier, he said: “Black people are the most talented people in the world.”
Though his speech was called “moving” by Hollywood.com on February 2, Foxx has since been criticized by conservatives for his remarks, reports MSN. A columnist for NewsBusters, a site known for “exposing and combating liberal media bias,” wrote: “Can you imagine the heat a white actor would get if he said at a nationally televised awards ceremony, ‘White people are the most talented people in the world?’ Probably be the end of his or her career.”
It’s an interesting point, and one that underscores the continuing cultural war regarding race in America. In another interview, Foxx said that “every single thing in my life is built around race,” and said that black people are “always sensitive” about the issue, reports EntertainmentWise.
But asking whether or not Jamie Foxx is himself a racist or outright branding him as such isn’t really the issue. The problem seems to be the poor definition of the discussion of race in this country.
Maybe it’s less about race and more about celebration, but it doesn’t seem to matter, because anything goes in the racism conversation these days.
What do you think? Is Jamie Foxx’s comment that “Black people are the most talented people in the world” a racist one, or was his acceptance speech “moving?” Watch the video, decide for yourself, and sound off below: