Whitewashing In Hollywood: Films That Cast Non-Blacks In Black Roles

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“The Human Stain”

The novel “The Human Stain” tells the story of Coleman Silk, a former professor who is accused of racism by two Black students. Little does anyone know that Silk, who has been passing for  a white Jew for much of his life, is actually African American. The story was brought to the big screen in 2003 with Anthony Hopkins as Silk. The film was bashed for its miscasting in the lead role which made it less powerful than the novel itself.

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