lexington steele*The porn industry is one of the highest grossing businesses in the U.S., raking in at least $10 billion a year (much of it however is nearly impossible to track because of the Internet). But those numbers are primarily based on white porn production.

The Daily Beast recently published an op-ed about the lack of African American men on screen and highlighted the racism in the industry.

TheRoot also got into the conversation and interviewed male pornstar, Lexington Steele.

On racism in the sex film industry: It’s definitely something that exists, and I think it’s something that’s built within the fabric of the industry, because if you look at the individuals that are in positions of authority over some of the white females, the ones governing them are the ones implementing this practice of no interracial. It’s their managers, boyfriend or husband or family members.

It’s just an element of American culture that still exists, and that is the feeling that a white female will be deflowered or soiled, if you will, by doing a scene with a black male. But that does speak to the continued existence of bigotry and racism, and I don’t think porno is unaffected by certain elements of American culture. And quite honestly, adult media is the only major business that allows for the practice of exclusion based upon race.

Lexington isn’t one of those sourpuss actors who didn’t get a break. If you’re not a big porn enthusiast, he’s had a lot of recognition over the years, including getting “Performer of the Year” award three times. He’s also the owner of an adult film company.

His claims are founded on years of experience, seeing different sides of the industry.