High school cancels musical after white student lands lead role

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    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/0...ical-after-white-student-lands-lead-role.html
    Social justice activists at a New York high school successfully shut down a production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” after a white student landed a lead role.



    Protests of the production began when an African-American student quit Ithaca High School’s musical production due to the role of Esmeralda being given to a white classmate.

    “It shows you that theater wasn’t made for you," the student told the Ithaca Journal. "And it shows you that, if you can’t get the parts that are written for you, what parts are you going to get?”

    Student activists then banded together under the umbrella of Students United Ithaca and wrote a letter that included a list of demands, saying that, while the young lady cast as Esmeralda was “a stellar actor, singer, and dancer” any production would be “lucky to have,” she couldn’t be cast in this role because she is the “epitome of whiteness.”

    At best, this is cultural appropriation,” the student group wrote, alleging racial bias within the Performing Arts Program at IHS, and “at worst, it is whitewashing, a racist casting practice which has its roots in minstrelsy.”

    While the student activists demanded “brown and black female students” be considered for the role, the character in question is half Roma, half French, according to the novel by Victor Hugo. SUI stressed “the book and the musical should not be conflated” because the musical is only “inspired” by Hugo’s manuscript.


    The group points out that the Musical Theater International production guide lists her role as a “Romani woman” who is “an outcast racially and culturally.”

    The Ithaca City School District announced it canceled the musical in an attempt to be “more inclusive and culturally responsive” in their “efforts to eliminate institutional biases.”

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    Ithaca High School located in New York's Finger Lakes region. (Google maps)

    The high school is planning on putting on “another collaborative project” instead, adding that “this is not about any particular faculty member or ICSD employee.”

    “We thank everyone for their contributions as we delve further into complex conversations,” the district said. “In addition, we ask that you please stay engaged as we continually work to create community-wide support for our students and school community.”

    After the cancelation, the student group made more demands in a recent Facebook post.

    “Stop the racist and openly stated policy of ‘color blind’ casting in the ICSD,” the group wrote, adding “because of institutionalized racism this results in white children being cast in roles written as white parts and also white children being cast in roles that were specifically intended for people of color.”

    Members of the group told Fox News that their ultimate goal is in line with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of love, unity, understanding, and inclusion.

    “Our endgame,” the group said, is a performing arts program with more unity, more inclusion, and musical where we can all experience the joy and bonding of inclusive performing arts following best theatrical practices.”
     
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      The FICTIONAL Esmeralda wasn’t black either...

      Stupid and doomed
       
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        I wonder if any have the condition of being a hunch back, acting is acting, it should not require some special race.
         
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          Millennials. Hopefully they grow out of their stupid.
           
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              The group points out that the Musical Theater International production guide lists her role as a “Romani woman” who is “an outcast racially and culturally.”

              Sounds like a role made for a white man.
               
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                Remember when all the white people protested the Black Aaron Burr
                 
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                  "all" I don't even remember that, and I bet not all white people did anything.
                   
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                    Or the black Hamilton.
                     
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                    Here is the response from their school board. Unreal.

                    http://www.ithacacityschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=1176

                    I was up there this past summer for my uncle’s funeral. (My aunt & uncle retired to Ithaca.) It is a stunningly beautiful area, Finger Lakes District, home to Cornell and Ithaca College.

                    This seems bizarre & twisted until you recognize that this is precisely the path the Neo-Puritan socialists are driving toward. Don’t call them liberals. Stalinists, maybe, but not liberal.
                     
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                      it's the early stages so they won't grow out of being stupid anytime soon.
                       
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                      Your last paragraph sys it all. Sad. Scary.
                       
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                        Gypsy woman at Ellis Island, circa 1910.

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                        Romanian Gypsy from 1920:

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                        And yet (tm) a few more modern:


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                        Ahh gypsies
                        North Augusta has a gypsy community called Murphy Village. The Irish Travelers. These folks dress their little girls up like Jon Benet Ramsey and a lot of them are betrothed at an early age. Weirdest thing you have ever seen. This may be her (future?) husband.
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                        They make their living traveling all around scamming people. The men drive real big expensive pickups and they live in really large homes, the mother in law lives out back in trailer. They put aluminum foil on the windows to keep the haints out. We developed an LIHTC apartment property there and had to meet with the chieftain of their clan to get their approval to avoid problems such as theft.
                        Here's an article on an indictment at Murphy's Village.
                        http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Mo...ering-fraud-in-Murphey-Village-390364071.html
                         
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                        They should cancel the school & let the musical go on as planned.
                         
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                        jesus was black, too...
                         

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