I think an article about black Americans and Oscars would have been well served by naming all black winners. After all, there have only been 13.You know, I think it's a shame that this kerfuffle is taking the attention away from that point.
13! THIRTEEN! How can there only be 13 in all these years, all these categories? That's insane!
Absolutely positively nuts. 83 years!
I also agree that they should have named Whoopi Goldberg and Hattie McDaniel. Someone had to clear the way. Halle Berry and Denzel Washington received a great deal of attention for being the first black woman and men respective to win the "Best Actress/Actor" Oscar largely because so many people said they were clearing the way for others. Someone had to be first, and someone had to reopen those doors.
If not in this article, they could have always done another article in close time proximity.
But that's not what the article was about. It seems that the point of the article itself has been lost in all the "watershed moment" and "only 13 black Oscar winner" debate. They shouldn't have to write anything in their articles that isn't relevant and Whoopi wasn't relevant to it. Neither were the other unmentioned Oscar winners. It wasn't an article about the number of black Oscar winners there have been in total. It was an article about how the Oscars have changed since Denzel and Halle won in 2002 and since that was the first time there were two black Oscar winners in leading roles. Whoopi wasn't in a leading role when she won 20 years ago, and she wasn't the first black actress to win an Oscar ever so her win wasn't really relevant to the purposes of the article. It may be relevant to Black Oscar winner history in general, but that wasn't the point of this
article. To mention all of the black Oscar winners by name, then justify them being in the article by writing about them would have made it way longer then necassary and changed the intent. So no, I don't think they should have been mentioned.
I also don't think that the Times needed to follow it up with another article about the 13 black Oscar winners to make a point about how there have only been 13. Why? What's the purpose? To paint Hollywood as racists? To point out how unfair it is? What is an article like that going to change anwyay? If they are going to do that, why not just go on about now there haven't been any Asian winners. Or any Indian winners. Or Latin. Or mixed race. That's ludacrious.
The whole thing getting turned into a "black" issue. That wasn't the point. People aren't even aknowledging the intent of the original article that's being debated and instead are focusing on things that aren't relevant to the actual topic.
FWIW: I too find it sorta sad that there are only 13 Black Oscar winners in total but since it isn't what the point was, I don't see why it's being brought up at all.