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I have no problem (nor should anyone?) with a mostly women-of-color cast for a change. Artistic latitude, or artistic integrity, allows directors to cast an African-American woman as Rosa Parks, after all, rather than having to cast a 400-pound white man as Parks for the sake of “diversity”! Still, if NO white women are cast at all…
I am concerned how this could look vis-a-vis the affirmative action struggle, which is supposed to be about integration, not exclusion. (I support affirmative action, of course.) Racial exclusion could even, say, constitute violation of MSA bylaws (and city, county, state, or national laws), not to mention the problem found at http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-siu11.html#, the Chicago Sun-Times article “U.S. accuses SIU of anti-white bias” from a week ago, which shows that the U.S. Justice Department is suing Southern Illinois University for programs that supposedly discriminate against whites. (I’m not saying the Bushies SHOULD do this, but they’re doing it.)
The directors could always practice “affirmative action” and be willing to cast at least a few white women (maybe in the roles traditionally taken by women of color…), for the sake of keeping the cast diverse, and avoiding charges of illegal racial exclusion, perhaps? (I’m not even suggesting at the moment, that transgender people be included too, though transgendered folks can always make their case if they like…) Would such inclusion and diversity really destroy this year’s production of the Monologues? Just wondering.
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