Michael B. Jordan is demanding Hollywood to step up when it comes to fair hiring.
At a Los Angeles protest for Black Lives Matter Saturday, Jordan said to protesters that it’s important to force Hollywood to become anti-racist in their hiring practices.
“You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020. Where is the challenge to commit to racial hiring?” he said. “Black content led by Black executives and Black consultants? Are you policing our storytelling as well? Let us bring our darkness to the light.”
Jordan said that his roles in films, including Fruitvale Station, in which he played Oscar Grant, an unarmed Black man killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police as well as his producing work with Fahrenheit 451, helped him realize how important it is to have Black people at the helm in Hollywood projects.
“Producing [Fahrenheit 451] made me realize the lengths that the government and oppressors will go to keep knowledge out of your hands. They know that if we unlock this up here [pointing to his head] that we will be unstoppable, and they’re scared.”
Actor Michael B Jordan speaks to protestors
“Where is the challenge to commit to Black hiring? Black content lead by Black executives, Black consultants.”
— NICK HAMILTON (@NickHamiltonLA) June 6, 2020
Jordan can currently be seen in another revolutionary role, as Bryan Stevenson, the founder fo the Equal Justice Initiative, in Just Mercy. The film is among many that are now available for free viewing in light of George Floyd’s murder and subsequent protests.