A member of my family recently lamented the fact a long time friend of our family’s granddaughter had left her boyfriend for a black man. I blurted out that I expected better from her & the family friend, we all bleed the same and were Christians.. I had to hang up before I said something that could not be taken back.. Sad
Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird”, as adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Bartlett Sher, is skillfully presented, and very well acted, but ultimately feels less like a play about racism in 1930’s Alabama, than an elaborate example of liberal white privilege. After all it’s a Broadway production of an iconic story set in the place and time of American apartheid wherein the moral center is occupied by a brave, compassionate, generous and humble white man who does the right thing, even if it requires breaking the law. Not only is this version of Atticus Finch the opposite of a racist, he’s practically an action hero.
I am a 60 year old white American man of less rigorous virtue than the Broadway Atticus Finch, but I have been a member of a large black family for going on forty years. I have a black wife…
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