- John McWhorter: Problem of #OscarsSoWhite real, but its annual rallying cry fails to note the huge gains of blacks in Hollywood
- He says its reflexive pessimism implies that celebrating success is racially inauthentic, that soul of blackness is frustration and failure
- He says he rejects that, and the rest of America should, too
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)The #OscarSoWhite controversy is, in itself, necessary. It is sadly unremarkable that a body of mostly older and white people in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, by failing to nominate people of color in the top acting categories, showed that it does not see black performances with the same eyes as a more diverse group would. This is something that must be fixed.