In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), a Black actor, Clifton Duncan, shared his candid thoughts on diversity hiring practices, labeling them as an “insult.”
Duncan delved into his personal journey as an emerging actor, reflecting on a conversation with a friend in 2020 who questioned whether his success was linked to his race.
Expressing his views on diversity hiring, Duncan stated, “On one hand, I’m certain I benefited due to my skin color. It’s nice that people were looking to boost minorities like me.
On the other hand, people of all races have been in my corner since I was 16—long before ‘Wokeness’ emerged. Everyone predicted I had a long career ahead of me, and I fulfilled that promise.
And that’s why I reject ‘Diversity’ hiring: I never needed it. It’s an insult to any minority with a shred of self-respect. It casts a shadow over all I’ve done because I’m not sure how much of my success is due to me, and how much is due to white guilt.”
Amid ongoing discussions about diversity hiring practices, the post added to the public disagreement between X CEO Elon Musk and Dallas Mavericks part-owner Mark Cuban. Musk’s criticism of a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) hiring effort by United Airlines triggered a debate between Musk and Cuban.
Duncan further elaborated in his post about earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from a prestigious U.S. acting conservatory that accepts only 2 percent of applicants.
According to his IMDB profile, Duncan pursued his undergraduate degree at Virginia Commonwealth University and later joined New York University’s graduate program at the Tisch School of the Arts.
“I secured a great agent and was taking meetings with major casting directors before even finishing the program. Over the span of 10 years, I managed to build a body of work spanning everything from musical comedy to Shakespearean tragedy,” Duncan shared.
His IMDB profile showcases his roles in the 2020 film “Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist,” and appearances in shows such as “The Good Fight,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Elementary,” and “Proven Innocent.”