Concussion doctor blasts Academy Awards for racism

The discussion about the lack of black nominees for this year’s Academy Awards dominated the ceremony Sunday night – from host Chris Rock’s opening monologue to acceptance speeches.

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Dr. Bennet Omalu, left, and Will Smith at the New York photo call for Columbia Pictures “Concussion,” which opened in theaters on Christmas Day 2015.

Absent from the ceremony was black actor Will Smith, whose nuanced performance in Concussion captured the doctor who brought the issue to the forefront of the NFL and the public.

Dr. Bennet Omalu, in an interview with the Palm Beach Post in January, spoke about the lack of Academy Award black nominees.

The doctor said the issue isn’t about Smith not receiving a nod, but the fact the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has failed for two consecutive years to nominate for a major award any black, Hispanic or Asian actor, calling the Academy “a country club of exclusivity” and a “remnant of our dark past.”

“I think it is high time to find an alternative to the Academy that will reflect modern times,” he said.

Omalu is on a mission to enlighten the public about how repeated concussions in sports causes the neurological condition CTE that brings on dementia, mental illness and other problems for pro athletes.

The Post spoke to parents  who say they wouldn’t allow their children to play football in the light of Omalu’s discovery.