Is Hollywood really welcoming of all original stories that are written by writers who are other than white?

The more and more that I speak to struggling screenwriters and also to novelists, the more I begin to question whether or not there is room in Hollywood for all American writers? I developed this particular question after learning that some writers who are not white have been offered money for their original stories, without actual recognition, which is to say that the original storytellers are flat out told that someone else’s name will be placed on the original storyinstead of the true author, and perhaps this is why Hollywood tends to look unfavorably on copyrighted screenplays and novels since the author creates a public record by having his or her original story copyrighted.

It is clear that some whites in Hollywood are taking credit for stories that they couldn’t possibly have written, and that they don’t want to give others credit for their original stories. This is clearly a problem because when we as moviegoers go to see a movie, and see a name up on the big screen, we want to be able to trust that we are being told the truth about the real creator of the original story that we are paying to see since the movie going experience is much about the individual writer as it is about the action on the screen and the movie itself and its many actors and actresses. .

If Muhammad or Jamaal or Dante or La Kiesha or Lamar or another ethnically identifiable name wrote the story that the movie is based on, we should know about it, and we shouldn’t see “Daniel Kaufman” if he didn’t write the story because part of racism in its most extreme form is creating the illusion that all creative stories that deal with space and supernatural creatures and fantasy lands originate from whites writers when nothing can be further from the truth.

It is time to end racism in Hollywood. It is time for other than white writers to get recognition for their original stories.  

If we don’t have honesty in the creative arts; we continue to deceive the entire world, who actually believes that only white writers can dream up fantastic stories and that black writers can only write ethnically based feature films when nothing can be further from the truth.

The independent film industry is being touted by all of the writers that I talked to as the only true film industry since everyone can obtain full recognition while selling their work without having it stolen by a “Hollywood Word Thief” named “Sunset Bob” or “Dream Catcher Sally.”

The Matrix continued to come up whenever I asked for examples of original stories that were deliberately stolen from a person of color. 

No one should be able to take your ideas without paying you for them and without giving you full recognition or the American principles that we believe in are false.       

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –