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Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Featured, Political | 0 comments

{Political} Why we need to thank Charlotte Rampling

{Political} Why we need to thank Charlotte Rampling

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UK Actress Charlotte Rampling

Tweetable: “The more difficult the conversation the greater the freedom.” -Shonda Rhimes

Oscar nominee, Charlotte Rampling, had an interview on French radio on Jan. 22nd and said that banning this year’s Oscar’s ceremony is unfair to the white actors that were nominated.  Rampling goes on to say, “Perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”  This is a very important statement that needed to be said for those who could not say it out loud.  What we will be seeing up until this year’s Oscar’s is stiff reporting that will not explore Rampling’s words on an in depth level or in a challenging way.  This statement is important because to this actress, and some others, banning the Oscar’s this year doesn’t make sense.  


Why this is so important and why we need to thank Charlotte Rampling is for bringing this topic of inequality to the surface for intelligent debate and to try and reach for understanding.  We have been so conditioned to not say anything that may not be politically correct, and because of this our race relations dialogue skills are in serious atrophy.  We cannot and should not keep our opinions on race relations quiet for the fear of offending.  We should share it and try to engage with the opposing belief and find out why this is such a charged issue.


When I was in high school I was a youth leader at a camp that dealt with inner city racism.  All these different high schools in Los Angeles would go to summer camp and  breakdown what stereotypes mean.  This was highly uncomfortable.  There was a resonating theme.  We all wanted to be heard and understood.   We were brave young adults that debated intelligently on why our belief systems were relevant.  If some of us were driven by hate, the others showed vulnerability.  If one of us was confused, some of us would show up frustrated and in tears.   There was passionate dialogue.  It was real and not scripted.  This was a painful process but we had a real understanding of each other.  We didn’t always agree but it was a start.  


Charlotte Rampling could be that fire starter.  She was transparent in her interview and has started that topic world wide.  Minding your P’s and Q’s around this topic is a disservice to the process of race relations.  It needs to be dissected.  This is a world issue, not an American one. Racism is one of the biggest miscommunicated topics that has been shut down for the sake of being polite.  This is your opportunity.  This should be brought up as dinner conversation or near the water cooler.  You should say something.  


Saying something brings to light one powerful perspective.  When you speak you take back your life, your freedom, and your identity that is backed up by your DNA. You now have a voice.  The challenge is to say what you need to say with intelligence, and that means dropping the hate and adding the wisdom.  


Charlotte Rampling chose her opportunity not to share her wisdom or impart her lessons as someone who received a Lifetime Achievement Award, won at the 28th European Film Award ceremony in Berlin.  No, she didn’t.  Instead, she made broad stroke statements of how she thinks it is without any curiosity.  Curiosity is what makes true art live, and shouldn’t we all be challenging art to expand?  There is more to be explored then just a white canvas.  It needs colour.