They’re coming for you next: According to a lawsuit filled by the non-profit legal firm First Liberty on behalf of James Harker, a white film electrician, the film industry has set up a racially segregated apprentice program that specifically excludes whites and is designed only for minorities.
When Harker complained about the bigoted nature of this program, he was then blacklisted, and has no longer been able to get any freelance jobs, despite 27 years of experience in the industry.
You can read the lawsuit here [pdf]. The program itself is called “Double the Line” (DTL). Its purpose is to force film companies to hire one minority to match every crew person it hires normally. That minority will be paid a full if not higher salary, regardless of his or her experience or training, and will later receive favored treatment in hiring, in order “to push forward a demographic shift,” as noted on the Equity and Inclusion website of the Association of Independent Producers (AICP), one of the defendents in this case.
In other words, the program specifically favors minorities in hiring and training, and specifically excludes whites because of their race.
The lawsuit was triggered when Harker discovered this program on a job. He had been hired by the film production company Something Ideal for a commercial being made for Meta (formerly Facebook). His position was bestboy, who works under the gaffer in the electrical department. In doing some paperwork as part of his job, he discovered the crew had two gaffers, one of whom was a minority hired under the DTL program that AICP runs with the support of Meta. She was being paid more than Harker, but had literally no experience, so little that she “was unable to even properly coil an electric extension cord, which is among the most basic skills of any motion picture electrian.”
After Harker complained about this to the production supervisor, he found he was no longer wanted as an electrician, and has since been blacklisted by AICP, Something Ideal, and Meta.
His lawsuit claims this program and the actions of these entities violates numerous federal and applicable state civil rights laws, and demands back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a permanent injunction shutting down the “Double the Line” program as presently designed. It will either have to take everyone, no matter the race, or cease operating.
This program is clearly discriminatory based on race, so it is likely Harker will win in court. Whether that will stop Hollywood from creating new and similar programs, better disguised to keep others from discovering them, is less clear. I fully expect this very leftist industry to do whatever it can to maintain these bigoted policies, no matter what the law so clearly says. You see, their intentions are entirely good, it allows them to virtue signal, and it also oppresses unimportant whites in the lower job categories.
It’s a triple win! How can Hollywood’s Marxists resist?