Racism and white supremacy has been on the rise in the United States, and the situation has become worse ever since President Donald Trump's election.
However, the people behind the Academy Awards just took a step in the right direction by including 774 more members from 57 countries to its list of invitees.
The group is 39 percent female and 30 percent people of color.
This step from the organizers of the Oscars comes after the 2016 #Oscarssowhite outrage when people objected to the awards being dominated by the white race. Thousands of internet users and even celebrities spoke out against the whitewash among nominees.
It was then announced that the academy would double its female and minority members by 2020, and the inclusion of new members is just a step in the same direction.
“It’s up to all of us to ensure that new faces and voices are seen and heard and to take a shot on the next generation the way someone took a shot on each of us,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the academy’s departing president, said in a statement.
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