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 tjem 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…..
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