July 1, 2020

Netflix Commits Millions To Black Communities, But Firmly Rejects Farrakhan Documentary

What does it say if Netflix will offer $100 Million to support black communities but will not host a documentary about Louis Farrakhan, who has consistently been a voice, leader, and inspiration for the black community?

Here is a summary of Netflix’s “commitment” to the black community, according to a CNBC report:

  • Netflix announced plans to start putting 2% of its cash holdings into financial institutions and organizations to “directly support Black communities in the U.S.”
  • The video streaming giant said in a blog post that its initial commitment will be as much as $100 million.
  • The initiative comes nearly two weeks after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, donated $120 million to historically Black colleges and universities.

Netflix Cancels Release Of Farrakhan Documentary In 2018

Netflix decided not to release a documentary celebrating the musical career of Louis Farrakhan, “The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music”, according to a 2018 New York Times report.

Louis Farrakhan is arguably one of the most significant Black men of our generations, and the previous generation. Many black people in America look at Farrakhan as a leader, guide, and in some cases a father figure.

The Hill reported, “Netflix will not stream a documentary about the music career of controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The documentary, “Let’s Change the World: My Life’s Journey Through Music,” was set to become available on Netflix as of Aug. 1, according to a tweet from Farrakhan that has since been deleted.”

Dr. Boyce Watkins also speaks to the hypocrisy of Netflix’s claim of “supporting black communities” while refusing to host Louis Farrakhan’s documentary.