Therapist Reflection Regarding Lee Daniels Not Embracing Racism
Colloquially, when someone receives the “side eye,” there has been a suspect action. Suspect is defined as questionable and the action can be verbal, mental, emotional, and behavioral. In a recent article from Huffington Post’s Black Voices, an overview of Lee Daniels’s appearance on the talk show, The Real, highlights a profound perspective by the black producer and director. The highlight is that Mr. Daniels promotes “I wouldn’t be where I was if I embraced racism. If I embraced it, then it became real. And if it became real, I would be an angry black man.” Fair enough, we all have various beliefs and worldviews that allow us to move forward and succeed in our lives. However, when your worldview is contraindicated to your claims of being a change agent through your cultural contribution, this is suspect. Let me offer a few suspect statements by Mr. Daniels.