Earl Ofari Hutchinson's take on the politics of the day
A long term former Sony International Pictures employee who was prominently known as the “unidentified African-American woman” in the Sony leaked email scandal publicly came forth in a press conference sponsored by Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Friday, February 20. Belinda Reser who worked for the president of Sony International Pictures told the press how black employees are systematically abused, fired, laid off and refused promotions at Sony. She said in a six year period from 2006 to 2011 Sony International promoted no blacks to senior management and engaged in a rampant pattern of verbal abuse, harassment and intimidation of black employees at the company. She presented documents that show the abysmal numbers of blacks hired and promoted at Sony.
“Reser has courageously come forth to publicly disclose Sony’s racially abusive practices,” said Hutchinson, “We owe her a debt of gratitude for again casting the spotlight as an insider on Sony’s racially abominable treatment of African-Americans in the company and its closed door exclusion of African-Americans in hiring and promotions. Her going public on the eve of the Academy Awards mocks Sony and the film industry’s claim that it seeks to promote diversity.”