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'Nominate to Discriminate' (Open Letter Poem to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Regarding Their Problematic Oscar Nominations)

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Nominate to Discriminate by Ashley Love (An Open Letter Poem to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Regarding Their Problematic Oscar Nominations) The Academy’s Oscar actor nominations are all white this year
What is it about Black, Brown and Yellow that you fear?
David Oyelowo’s performance in Selma is the cream of the crop
'Selma' director Ava DuVernay's talent shines brightly on top
Yet your primarily all white male jury has shut them out

Seriously?What are these "choices" truly about?
Is it studio politics, money related or a slap in the face?
Whatever the reasons, your actions are a total disgrace
Nominations were announced on Martin Luther King’s birthday

If he were alive I’m sure he’d have a whole lot to say
“I had a dream that awards would be based on merit alone,
That sinister politics and exclusion would not be condoned,
Jury demographics would accurately reflect the U.S. of A.,
This year at the Oscars will be a grey, colorless day”
The people are not acce…