The focus on specific producing theatres, plays, artists, and management staff keeps our conversations about racism and white supremacy culture in the theatre industry on the “personal” level instead looking to the “systemic.” If we make it about whether we can/not cast one particular play a specific way, whether these artists made a bad choice, we aren’t looking at the bigger picture–like, for example, the % of acting jobs going to white actors overall.
Given the appropriate outpouring of condemnation that’s overflowed my social media newsfeeds since White Nationalists, Nazis, Far Right, and other all-White racist hate groups converged on Charlottesville, VA last weekend,… Read more Dear My Fellow White People →
Looking back, it was hardly coincidental that I picked up Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman shortly after DJT was elected to office. It was clearly the catalyst for my… Read more Go Set a Watchman in Your Home →
A scene from late summer 2016: I enter a Metro train at the rear and take a seat. I can see the entire car. It’s partially full, populated with the typical diversity of people… Read more See something, Say something: Recognizing A White Frailty Fail →
My first encounter with Peggy McIntosh‘s concept of “the invisible knapsack” was in 1999. I was 23 years old. I had just moved to Washington, DC a few months prior… Read more Excuse me, is that your bag? →