How often do you think about race? Oscar winner Jamie Foxx says that he thinks about it all the time. He stars in Quentin Tarantino's slavery revenge film "Django Unchained," which debuts on Christmas. Promoting the film in a Vibe magazine interview, along with co-stars Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCrapio, Foxx said that black people are always sensitive about race.
"I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese," he said. "I'll be like, ain't this a b---h. Y'all didn't know black people was coming. What's with all this white s--t? By the same token, if there is fried chicken and watermelon I'll say ain't this a b--h? So, no matter what we do as black people it's always gonna be that. Every single thing in my life is built around race." Foxx added that while he contemplates race often, he doesn't always voice his thoughts.
I'm not sure I like the example Foxx used, but I think he has a point. If you're a person of color in the United States it can be quite difficult to determine if someone is treating you a certain way because of race. If I feel that someone is being condescending or dismissive of me, I do wonder if the behavior is race-based. Like Foxx said, however, I don't verbalize these thoughts and I don't think most black people do unless the behavior is blatantly racist or they've been repeatedly slighted.
The problem is, no one wants to own up to racism, but racial discrimination is still going strong in society. As long as that's the case, minorities in the country will always be sensitive about how they're treated. The danger in making this admission, of course, is that people can use it to dismiss blacks as simply playing the race card. Believe me, African Americans don't want to feel as if race is constantly at play in their lives. Unless covert racism disappears, though, there's really no alternative.