The inspiration for this entry came from an article on Rashida Jones "passing" through Hollywood. In the piece the writer cites a quote from Ms. Jones in Racialicious:
"I always wanted to pursue theater and my black cultural identity. In my second year at college, I did the play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, and it was so healing. […] I’m lucky because I have so many clashing cultural, racial things going on: black, Jewish, Irish, Portuguese, Cherokee. I can float and be part of any community I want. The thing is, I do identify with being black, and if people don’t identify me that way that’s their issue."The quote itself comes off as disingenuous. How can you possibly identify as Black in your personal life (I assume), yet your racial identity isn't reflected in your art?
The author of the TheLoop21 article asks the question:
If Rashida Jones identifies as black in her personal life, is she obligated to pursue roles that identify her as black, too?Is she obligated to? She only has to do two things, "stay Bla . . . ". On second thought, no she's not obligated to, but if she had the social conscious that she claims to it would be nice. There is no denying that she is a good actress that is currently getting a lot of work. It's a shame that there are no dark faces that might also get some work as her sister, brother, mother, father or dare I say boyfriend or husband in a movie or television show.
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