I have said on numerous occasions that for some strange reason British actor Adam Deacon seems to have become the ‘go to person’ when mainstream media outlets want to venture in to topics relating to all things “URBAN”. He recently appeared on the Eddie Nestor radio talk show to discuss the Stephen Lawrence trial/verdict which for various reasons raised an eyebrow.
Anyway now in a recent interview featured on US entertainment mogul Steve Stoute’s The Tanning Of America website he talks about Race in the UK.
Check out excerpts from the interview below,
What box do you check on the Census?
Normally just White British.
A recent Gallup/USA Today poll found that many Americans feel that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equity has been achieved. What do you think?
I’m not sure how it is in America, but I think we are a long way off in Britain from what Martin Luther King dreamed of. Only recently in the UK we just witnessed the trial of Stephen Lawrence. It was a racial attack but it took 18 years to put these guys to justice for a racial crime which everyone knew they were guilty of. So no, I still think we have a long way to go. Racism is still there but I just think it’s a lot more undercover these days.
What do you think of Jay-Z’s statement that “Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations”?
He might have a good point there. Everyone does listen to hip-hop, so I guess it does bring people together in a way. I don’t think people watch color when it comes to music anymore we have got past that now. If I’m honest, politicians don’t do a lot so I’m sure hip-hop must have had a bigger impact than any politician has. That and Sesame Street!
How important is race when it comes to dating or marriage and do you have a preference when it comes to dating or marriage based on race?
I used to have a massive crush on mixed race girls; I had a massive stage of that. Everyone said I would grow out of it and I did eventually. Still love them, but now I like all types of girls. I’m like the United Colours of Benneton out here! I love blonde girls too. I would love to find myself a nice English rose one day maybe. But on a serious note, I think that it matters a lot less these days. I guess it all depends on the individual’s family or beliefs. Everyone is different.
In what aspects of your life is race still a factor?
I guess being an actor, my race counts a lot ’cause it’s probably one of the first thing a casting director would want to know. I find with myself its not so much a race thing that is a factor in my life but my class. I think that’s more of an issue for people in the UK for me.
Do you have a problem with non-African-American people who grew up on hip-hop using the n-word?
Everyone has their own opinion innit and ’cause I’m not Black I wouldn’t wanna say if it’s right or wrong but I know it can be used as just banter and it don’t have to be said in a harmful way. But generally, it’s just not a great word.
What is your tanning moment?
When I directed my own movie Anuvahood, people tried to say it would probably just be Black people that went to the cinema to watch it but I knew that wouldn’t be the case. All young people would relate to the comedy and they did. They all went out to watch it and they understood it too. Its not a Black and white thing anymore, it’s a culture
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“Everyone has their own opinion innit and ’cause I’m not Black I wouldn’t wanna say if it’s right or wrong but I know it can be used as just banter and it don’t have to be said in a harmful way.”
What the hell? The word “Nigger/Nigga” is wrong. END OF!
Your thoughts please…
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