Viola graced the Emmy stage and began her acceptance speech by quoting Harriet Tubman, "In my dreams, I see a line. Over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can't seem to get there no how, I can seem to get over that line."This quote, drawing tears from adoring audience members such as Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, was a powerful and beautiful statement. She continued,"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity."
In Hollywood, the issue of lack of opportunity for minorities has recently caused much controversy. For example, the 87th annual Academy Awards that happened earlier this year were, quite frankly, extremely white. Not a single actor or actress of color was nominated. With so many lead roles being written for white men and women, where does that leave people of color? Even roles that are written for people of color tend to be whitewashed. What can be done to change this? Perhaps racial discrimination is a aspect of society that is so fundamental that it cannot be changed. However, society is making progress one step at a time. The nominations for the 2015 Emmy awards were one of the most diverse group of people yet. Still, the question remains, what can you do to help dissolve 'the line'?