What’s Current: Tracee Ellis Ross is first black woman to win Golden Globe for best actress in 35 years

Tracee Ellis Ross accepts Golden Globe for best actress on January 8, 2017. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Getty
Tracee Ellis Ross accepts Golden Globe for best actress on January 8, 2017. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Getty

At last night’s Golden Globes, Tracee Ellis Ross won for best actress for her role in black-ish — making her the first black woman in 35 years to win the award.

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  • Cassandra

    That New York Times article is so discouraging. The obliviousness of the white women (and I am one) in that article is really something else. Why get offended? Why take it personally? Why make it about *your* feelings? Why can’t they see that it’s no different than “not all men?”

    Also, I complained to Etsy. Assholes.

    • Zuzanna Smith

      Do I have to sign up to do that?

  • FierceMild

    I agree with what you say. I find that I hold men of colour to a higher standard for the same type of reason. They should know better than to act in a sexist manner or fall into misogynistic thought pattern; just from their own experience of prejudice and bigotry they should know better. Same with white women and women of colour. The list just keeps going.

    We all ought to know better, I think, we all ought to know better. But we’re raised not to know better. Worse, we’re raised to look away from what happens to women. To blame us – blame each other – for what happens to us. Our entire cultural is constructed so that nothing that men do to women is seen as culpable.

    Racism works the same way, but it has never worked as thoroughly as misogyny.

    I do wonder if this march was the right context to tell any group of women to be quiet and listen. This is the women’s march on Washington. It’s time for us to raise our voices as women together.

  • Richard Rich

    Sexism only begets more sexism, and racism is no excuse for more racism. It’s not very feminist to exclude a group of women or tell them to shut up unless they are spoken to on the basis of their skin color. I know no self-respecting white woman is going to put up with any group of men telling her to keep quiet, so what makes it alright for a woman of any other race to take away your voice because she has an ax to grind against the Establishment?

    And I have a hard time believing that white women are the Establishment. Not when they are the objects of lust and scorn for all groups of people (white males included) to lay their abuses and excuses on. But these are just my observations as an outsider looking in.