An Open Letter signed by …

An Open Letter Signed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Viola Davis and Hundreds More Slams Racism in the Theater Industry

 

 

BY ANDREW R. CHOW
JUNE 9, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

Viola Davis, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sandra Oh and some 300 other creators of color in the theater world published an incendiary open letter on Monday evening addressed to “White American Theater,” calling out systemic racism and demanding change.

“We have watched you exploit us, shame us, diminish us, and exclude us. We see you. We have always seen you,” the letter reads. “And now you will see us.”

The letter comes on the heels of mass protests following the police killing of George Floyd as well as a larger reckoning regarding widespread inequity across industries, from journalism to technology to food. Over the past week, black theatermakers like Griffin Matthews and Schele Williams have shared their own encounters with racist gatekeepers in the industry, while many organizations have been called out for hypocrisy as they voice public support for the protests despite decades of exclusion and complacency.

 


 

To read the entire Time Magazine article:

 

https://time.com/5850553/open-letter-racism-theater-industry