Isaiah Washington recently gave another in-depth interview, this time to Newsweek, and elaborated further on his abrupt dismissal from “Grey’s Anatomy.” And in this most recent outpouring of information, he reveals that he believes he was unfairly targeted because of his race.
“I had a person in human resources tell me after this thing played out that ‘some people’ were afraid of me around the studio. I asked her why, because I’m a 6-foot-1, black man with dark skin and who doesn’t go around saying ‘Yessah, massa sir’ and ‘No sir, massa’ to everyone? It’s nuts when your presence alone can just scare people, and that made me a prime candidate to take the heat in a dysfunctional family.”
I can totally imagine myself being that person who works next to the person in human resources who made that comment to Isaiah and witnessing that little interchange, trying to pretend that “La, la, la, this isn’t happening. I’m just going to keep on filing these files! Filing files! That’s what I love to do!” I don’t know if Isaiah was truly the subject of racial discrimination, but for someone just trying to do his job, as he says he was, he sure does have a lot of anecdotes that involve him losing his temper with co-workers.