Viola Davis On A Well-Meaning Mindset That Cripples Black Actors

Responding to discomfort that her widely-praised portrayal in The Help is of a maid: “That very mind-set that you have and that a lot of African-Americans have is absolutely destroying the black artist. The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that.”

Source: The New York Times 02/14/12