Screenshot of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from another high school production on youtube.
Thanks to Mia Wenjen for covering this topic so thoroughly on her blog, I Love Newton.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” was a musical film from 1967. It included a subplot about a hotel proprietor who dresses in yellowface and two nefarious Chinese henchmen. It was developed into a musical 33 years later, and the racist subplot remained intact.
I was somewhat surprised that anybody would consider a remake of a dated movie to be a good idea, especially given the racism. Of course, we’re only too familiar that white people find a greatdealofentertainmentinracism. The entertainment value is often used as a defense of racism: “But it was only meant in good fun!”
If you do a brief web search, you’ll find that “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a popular choice for high school theatrical groups. Undoubtedly because it’s so much fun. Newton North High School chose it for its spring production. Newton (MA) is predominately (82%) white, with an 11% Asian American population. And although concerns were voiced before the musical was staged, it proceeded as planned. Although a note about the “stereotypes” was listed in the program guide, apparently. On page 49.
It’s been my general experience that when white people are confronted with their racism, they rarely will completely abandon the racist endeavor. This is because they have too much invested in both the endeavor and the racism.
High-school wrestler Malik Stewart lost the match and the state title. But he knew how much the match meant to his opponent, Mitchell McKee, and McKee’s father, who is fighting cancer. So after the match, he offered his hand and a few words of support to Steve McKee. Continue reading →
Braille printers reportedly can cost around $2,000. Seventh-grader Shubham Banerjee built one for about $350. From Legos. And he’s putting the information out on the internet, so people can access it for free.
Edited to add: Banerjee’s father writes a longer explanation here.
He is six years old. And he saw a need. So he started a book drive for homeless children. He collected and distributed 600 books. His next plan? To build a library. Here’s what his mother reports he said:
When you listen to the community, learn from the community, and help the community, you connect to your best self.
WordPress informs me we have been blogging since 2007. I am not really sure how that is possible. Long-time readers may remember that it was sinoangle’s idea, and that I whined “I don’t WANNA blog!” Famous last words.
Garrick Hopkins and his wife Denise bought some property in Cabell County (West Virginia), with the intention of building their dream home. Hopkins was showing his brother Carl around when they were shot dead by a neighbor. Who apparently used a rifle with a scope out of his window from a distance of more than 50 yards. Here are some of the headlines:
“Two brothers shot and killed, mistaken for trespassers”
“Man points rifle out window, fatally shoots 2 men he thought were trespassing on his property”
“WV man shoots new neighbors he thought were on his property”
“Man kills new neighbors after mistaking them for burglars”
“West Virginia Man Kills New Neighbor, Neighbor’s Brother After Mistaking Them for Trespassers”
The sheriff was quoted by multiple sources saying that the Hopkins had every legal right to be on the property. Which misses the point, in my opinion.