Tag: racism

  • Taking the Casting Conversations from personal to structural

    Taking the Casting Conversations from personal to structural

      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.

  • Dear My Fellow White People

    Dear My Fellow White People

    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, I wanted to highlight two maneuvers of mental gymnastics which help White people protect themselves. Racists are Evil I saw this image on FaceBook a […]

  • Go Set a Watchman in Your Home

    Go Set a Watchman in Your Home

    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 first steps of in-the-home activism. Watchman takes place in the 1950s, 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout—now called Jean Louise—returns to her hometown […]

  • See something, Say something: Recognizing A White Frailty Fail

    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 that ride that line in the middle of the day–a mix of ages and races, suits and casual wear, obvious tourists and those who seem more […]

  • Excuse me, is that your bag?

    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 to work at Arena Stage in the education department (a two person plus an intern office at that time). We were to work closely with Living Stage […]