Oscars Slammed for 'Institutionalized Racism' Against Latinos, Hispanic Media Coalition Takes Action

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is protesting the Oscars for still being so white. The advocacy group, which prides itself on being a media watchdog for Latino communities, took to social media with a call-to-action that is scheduled to take place on Feb. 5 and March 3. 

Huffington Post says the NHMC is ready to end the historical and perpetual erasure of Latino faces on- and off-screen, describing the Academy's flagrant failures when it comes to adequate Latino representation. 

“For years the success of the major film studios has been won on the backs of U.S. Latinos who represent 23 percent of all movie ticket buyers and 18 percent of the U.S. population,” NHMC president and CEO Alex Nogales said in a statement. “Yet, on- and off-screen and in the narratives Hollywood’s movies tell, Latinos remain the most underrepresented minority in the industry. Enough is enough. It’s time to end the whitewashing and put Latinos in front of and behind the camera.”

So little have Latino actors been recognized that only 16 nominations and six wins have occurred over a period of 90 years, reports Latino Voices.

“Our upcoming demonstrations are only the first of what will become increasingly aggressive wake-up calls to Hollywood studios to end institutionalized racism against Latinos," Nogales added. "By targeting the Academy Awards, we’re serving notice to the motion picture industry that we’re not asking for equity anymore. We’re demanding it." 

In the same report, NHMC said its first demonstration will take place on Feb. 5 at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ honoree luncheon; a subsequent one will be held on March 3. Time and location have yet to be announced. See a list of this year's Oscar nominees here

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