Will the people who object to using “this word” in historical context please stand up.
Please, stand up.
Oh, can’t hear me? What are you doing, wearing headphones listening to rap?
Yup, I can hear the n-word from here. Moron.
The Shorewood School District on Thursday, Oct. 11 pulled the plug on Shorewood High School’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” due to concerns about potential protests.
Opening night jitters have been replaced with disappointment for cast members.
“It was like being punched in the stomach,” said Will Aldana, student. “Sadness is the first reaction.”
The show was canceled just hours before the curtain was set to open.
“Three hours away from us opening and just to hear it’s hard,” said Aldana.
The reason is due to a racial slur in the script.
Often required reading in schools, “To Kill a Mockingbird” dives into issues of segregation and race.
The drama club warned its audience online with a description of the play from the Shorewood School District’s website:
“To Kill a Mockingbird, which takes place in Alabama in the 1930s, reflects a difficult and ugly time in American history. Thematic issues of racism and segregation are prevalent. To accurately and honestly complete the narrative, the ‘n-word’ will be used in the production. The fact that our society still struggles to truly embrace racial equality symbolizes that our work is not yet done and that Harper Lee’s Mockingbird is as relevant in 2018 as it was in 1960, when the story was published. Our fidelity to the production of this play from the 1930s does not condone the use of the ‘n-word,’ in any context, for example in music lyrics, friendly banter, or discussions today.”
Students like Will Aldana say being uncomfortable with hearing the word is the point.