American Theatre: “On the Rights of Playwrights and White Tears”

jesus-in-india_ma-yiThe familiar protestations against Lloyd and Hall’s decision to not allow white actors to be cast in these plays—that everyone worked so hard, that this is “reverse racism,” and so on—amount to another case of “white tears,” that unfortunate phenomenon that sees any questioning of long-standing white privilege, in this case the right to play any role of any ethnicity, as an inequity on par with institutional racism, as if the playing field were level. An op-ed at The Root succinctly defines white tears as  “what happens when certain types of white people either complain about a nonexistent racial injustice or are upset by a nonwhite person’s success at the supposed expense of a white person.” —American Theatre


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