‘The Flash’ Commits To Hiring More ‘Black and Brown Writers, Directors, Actors and Producers of All Genders’

by Jeremy Spirogis
The Flash: Kamilla and Cisco

One facet of the bodily protests in opposition to police violence, incited by the dying of George Floyd, has been a reckoning within the leisure trade. Streaming providers have made content material regarding black tales out there without spending a dime to amplify their work. Hollywood stars have dedicated and referred to as upon others to rent extra black expertise. The Flash is a present that has joined the motion. 

The Flash: Kamilla and Cisco
Victoria Park and Carlos Valdes | Colin Bentley/The CW

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On June 8, The Flash present runner Eric Howell posted an announcement on social media. He fired actor Hartley Sawyer when some offensive racist and misogynistic tweets of Sawyer’s got here to mild. Howell continued with a dedication so as to add much more individuals of coloration to the present sooner or later. 

‘The Flash’ can be hiring very particularly quickly

Wallace is black, and black actors painting the West household on The Flash. However, Wallace sees the necessity for extra inclusion. The present is on hiatus, which started early as a result of manufacturing shutdowns over coronavirus (COVID-19). Wallace is seeking to make season 7 completely different. 

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Jesse L. Martin | Katie Yu/The CW

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“I, too, am dedicated to bringing everlasting change to the work surroundings right here on The Flash,” Wallace wrote. “Yes, this can be a household present. But it’s for all households. That consists of Black and Brown ones. In order to facilitate this, I’ll proceed to search out Black and Brown writers, administrators, actors and producers of all genders to assist inform Flash tales.”

More inclusion makes it more durable to persecute

Wallace was fired as much as inform extra numerous tales. He hopes telling tales of individuals of coloration will normalize variety and make it more durable for individuals to commit the acts of violence that led to those protests. The Flash can actually be a car for a few of these tales.

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Grant Gustin | Sergei Bachlakov/The CW

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“Their stories are part of the American narrative, too, and must be heard,” Howell continued. “The more you hear and see us, the more you will begin to recognize one simple fact: We’re human beings too. Every time a Black or Brown life is harassed, harmed or murdered, as in the case of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others, our entire country fractures and moves further and further away from any moral authority we often claim to have in the world.”

Shows like ‘The Flash’ can rise up in opposition to racism

The Sawyer incident additionally illuminated for Wallace the harassment individuals of coloration and girls nonetheless face on the planet. That, mixed with the protests standing up in opposition to it, fed into his resolve to rent extra numerous expertise for The Flash

“At present, our country still accepts and protects the continual harassment – unconscious or otherwise – terrorizing and brutalizing of Black and Brown people, which is far too often fatal,” Wallace wrote. “That’s why our country is standing up once again and shouting, ‘ENOUGH!’ and taking to the streets to bring about active change.”

Wallace continued to name out the injustices outdoors of Hollywood too.

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“Murder is not democracy,” Wallace wrote. “Systemic and institutional white privilege is not equality. Suppressing the free press with violence is not liberty. The only way for you to be free is for all of us to be free. #BlackLivesMatter”

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