When is the best person for the job not the right choice? At Ithaca High School in New York, it’s when the best person is white. IHS canceled an upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame after student activists cried racism over a casting decision.
The drama unfolded, or rather didn’t unfold, after a white female student at Ithaca High School landed the lead role of Esmeralda. An African-American student quit the production over that casting decision, which led students to protest.
Under the moniker “Students United Ithaca,” they wrote a letter to administrators explaining their position. Oddly, they praised the white student’s talents saying she is “a stellar actor, singer, and dancer.”
They added that any production would be “lucky to have” the young girl, but because she is the “epitome of whiteness” she shouldn’t get the part.
In addition to the letter, the students also included a list of demands. Initially, the group demanded the school consider “black and brown students” for the part of Esmeralda. After the district canceled the production, they posted additional demands on Facebook.
“Stop the racist and openly stated policy of ‘colorblind’ casting in the ICSD,” they wrote. “This results in white children being cast in roles written as white parts and also white children being cast in roles that were specifically intended for people of color.”
Now we aren’t going to debate the ethnicity of Esmeralda in Victor Hugo’s book because frankly, it’s irrelevant. However, what’s not irrelevant are the openly hostile racist and fascist attitudes of these students.
Without question, both are the result of the leftist indoctrination that is prevalent in public education. Educators don’t teach the 3 R’s most of us remember learning in school. What today’s kids are learning is to “Refute, Resist, and Retaliate.”
Sad to say, those three skills are guaranteed to lead to a life of misery and abject failure. The real world meets demand with defiance and squashes temper tantrums under its boot. Life is about the strength of one’s performance.