Oscars: Louis Gossett Jr. Says Diversity Is "Essential for Our Salvation"
"We're not going to get to this 'promise land' until we regard one another as part of the whole family. One family, one nation, indivisible."
Louis Gossett Jr. is hoping for more diversity among the Oscars nominations.
The actor, who won an Oscar for the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, commented on the controversy to ABC's Robin Roberts before presenting at the ceremony on Sunday night.
"We're not going to get to this 'promise land' until we regard one another as part of the whole family," said Gossett, who runs the Eracism Foundation. "One family, one nation, indivisible. That mentality is essential for our salvation.
"When we look at each other, we're the same family," he continued. "You don't have to see black or Latino — we're one family. That's America."