Anti-Racist Theater Group at Harvard Offers Performance of Macbeth for ‘Black-Identifying’ Audience Members Only
“For our non-Black allies, we appreciate your support in making this a completely Black-identifying evening”
Have you noticed that supposedly ‘anti-racist’ groups often don’t seem to understand what anti-racist actually means?
The College Fix reports:
Antiracist Harvard theatre group hosts blacks-only ‘Macbeth’ performance
Harvard University is hosting an “exclusive” performance of an adaptation of the Shakespeare play “Macbeth.”
“For our non-Black allies, we appreciate your support in making this a completely Black-identifying evening,” the description for performance says. “We invite you to join us at another performance during the run.”
“Macbeth In Stride” is a version of the classic play that “examines what it means to be an ambitious Black woman through the lens of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters,” according the American Repertory Theater, which is housed at the Ivy League university. The theatre holds “anti-racism as a core value.”
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education called on the university to end its segregated event and open up attendance to all people.
“As an integral part of Harvard, the American Repertory Theater is subject to the university’s legal obligations and policies,” the higher education civil liberties nonprofit wrote. “Under federal law, excluding university students, faculty, and staff from educational enrichment opportunities based on race is forbidden.”
Colleges, like Harvard, that accept federal funding, must agree not to discriminate on the basis of race.
FIRE said that state law “also bars discrimination based on race in places of public accommodation,” a designation that includes theaters. The theater also receives funding from Bank of America.
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