A Typically Deranged Example Of The George Floyd Freakout In Destructive Action, As It Takes Every Bit Of Self-Restraint In My Being Not To Laugh, Because That Would Be Wrong

Now the statue-toppling, America-hating, woke-police have come for “Hamilton.”

That’s ignorant and destructive, as well as as stupid, like so much of what we have allowed the Black Lives Matter mobs to do. It is unethical, and as predicted by anyone who has learned the history fanatic movements throughout world history, it was inevitable. Such anger-driven uprisings never stop until they start devouring their own.  “Hamilton” doesn’t deserve the attack, but as one of the more arrogant and offensive agents of the resistance when it was just getting rolling on its divisive, self-righteous way, I am finding it difficult to be as sympathetic to its fate as I should be.

You will recall that about a week after the 2016 election, the cast of “Hamilton,” led by its star and creator Lin-Mamuel Miranda, signaled that all rules of fairness, respect and decorum were suspended as the Left vowed vengeance on Donald Trump, his supporters and allies. The cast ambushed Vice-President- elect Mike Pence, who had come to see the performance like any other audience member in any other audience, and who had every right to be treated with the same deference. Instead, the cast called out Pence during the curtain call, and subjected him to a scripted lecture, beginning,

“We hope you will hear us out. We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

How naive and quaint those words sound today, a little less than four years later, as the chaotic madness spawned by “the resistance” is in the process of trying to tear down the nation, constrict our rights, and replace our values.

Karma, they say, is a bitch. Last night my theater friends were a- quiver with excitement over Disney Plus’s streaming the new video production capturing a performance of “Hamilton” by the original cast. In the aftermath of the broadcast, however, the BLM mob took aim at the show as “problematical.” Examples of the social media chatter:

  • “Are y’all ready to talk about how problematic Hamilton is? Lin Manuel Miranda created a piece of work that used hip hop (a genre created by black people) to tell the story of colonizers and slave owners”
  • “As much as I love the show, it and it’s writer are deeply problematic. I’ve intentionally or unintentionally ignored these things for years, but I’m trying to fix this now so I can fully contextualize and understand Hamilton and it’s effect as a whole.”
  • “Hamilton is deeply problematic in concept and so is Lin Manuel Miranda to some degree.”
  • “I mean I think the fact that a musical like Hamilton (which is deeply problematic and nationalist) has to exist in order for non-white actors to have a space on Broadway is just very indicative of how non-white stories will never be able to thrive on this elitist medium.”
  • “Reminder for all y’all Hamilton watching mofos: Hamilton was a racist slaveowner, and casting POC as white bigots isn’t the reclamation you think it is. It’s a romanticized telling of a white man’s plights, so none of y’all better be stanning the founding fathers AGAIN.”

No, you ignorant, falsehood-spreading fool, Alexander Hamilton was NOT a slave-owner, but this is Black Lives Matter, so we know facts do not, That tweet that has nearly 60,000 likes.

Activist Ajamu Baracka tweeted, “Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Puerto Rican Uncle Tom who instead of fighting for independence makes feel-good revisionism for white liberals. He is pathetic.”

Last May, after being criticized for not supporting BLM (and its attendant racism, Marxist agenda and lies) emphatically and quickly enough, Miranda and “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller  groveled pitifully.

“We spoke out on the day of the Pulse shooting. We spoke out when Vice President Mike Pence came to our show 10 days after the election. That we have not yet firmly spoken the inarguable truth that Black Lives Matter and denounced systematic racism and white supremacy from our official ‘Hamilton’ channels is a moral failure on our part,” Miranda said in a video. “As the writer of the show, I take responsibility and apologize for my part in this moral failure. Hamilton’ doesn’t exist without the black and brown artists who created and revolutionized and changed the world through the culture, music and language of hip-hop,” he added. “Literally, the idea of the show doesn’t exist without the brilliant black and brown artists in our cast, crew and production team who breathe life into this story every time it’s performed. It’s up to us and words and deeds to stand up for our fellow citizens. It’s up to us to do the work to be better allies and have each other’s backs.”

Seller apologized using what he felt were sufficient pander-words, saying, “I’m not a politician. I’m not an activist. I’m not an expert. I’m a theater producer. But what I realize today is most importantly I’m an American citizen, and silence equals complicity and I apologize for my silence thus far.”

Aw. It didn’t work.

How unfair.

28 thoughts on “A Typically Deranged Example Of The George Floyd Freakout In Destructive Action, As It Takes Every Bit Of Self-Restraint In My Being Not To Laugh, Because That Would Be Wrong

      • I’d encourage your newer readers to check the November 2016 archives for your posts re: VP-elect Mike Pence seeing “Hamilton.” Among the most memorable posts here for me.

        At the time I thought you were spot on calling out the cast as unethical, but I also thought it was a moment in time — like not shaking somebody’s hand after a loss. I had no idea how bad it would get, and how fast.

          • There will be more riots and violence. Count on it. The only thing that might prevent it is if responsible leaders like Democratic leaders Obama have the integrity and guts to strongly call on the Left to behave like citizens.

            Based on the last three years, that seems like a desperate hope.

            I’ll still take the riots over handing over the keys to the country to the likes of BLM and AOC.

    • Took the words right out of MY mouth. And this looks hilariously bad for Hamilton College since they’ve been preening for years now about how wonderful “Hamilton” is. Old white people raving about how cool hip hop musical theater is? Give me a break. Pathetic. And now the president of the college will likely have to issue an at the end of a revolver statement condemning their favorite Broadway show that they thought shone such a woke light upon the college and its namesake. Hah indeed! I could go on, but I won’t, except to say the play is being denounced because Alexander speaks lines wherein he claims to be a self-made man who worked hard. You can bet that sort of sentiment is White Supremacist to its very core!

      • So funny. I guess Lin-Manuel is not a person of color, he’s just a Puerto Rican. So I guess he appropriated hip hop. More divisiveness brought to you by BLM.

        For some reason, I keep thinking of “West Side Story.” Book, music and lyrics done, respectively, by three (evidently Puerto Rican?) Jewish guys: Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Steve Sondheim.

  1. Jack,

    I’ve been thinking a lot about all this stuff.

    One of my favorite teachers teaches, “under all anger is FEAR.” – and goes on to explain that. Not to excuse what people do but to better understand what is driving it and to have compassion for those people. (While still protecting ourselves and locking them up.)

    An example of this way of thinking in action is the Buddhist monk who advised Dr MLK and helped him come from a place of love and understanding towards whites who were prejudiced. It worked.

    Imagine BLM advising Rosa Parks? There’s be no bus on which to sit!

    That approach, it changes hearts, which in turn changes behavior.

    There is a whole huge silent (in words but not action) who are being that example and teachers speaking into people lives. Including the rich and famous. Interestingly enough, on social media I see these people being silent overall and sharing uplifting things. It gives me hope.

    Maybe it’s true that LOVE conquers all. LOVE is the power. LOVE can build a bridge.

    Maybe we’re being called to live from what we’re all born from.

    Oddly enough I learned of a very liberal teacher , Dr Cornell West. He was on Fox News with Laura Ingram and he actually called Trump his white brother, apologized for calling him names and agreed the left does that too much. He truly listened and gave Trump credit for the lower black unemployment numbers and higher wages. He gave me hope. He showed love and kindness.

    Maybe what the world needs now is…

    (Btw, I am carcarwhite somehow WordPress lost my old login. So I’m still here!!

  2. Something that didn’t make me laugh so much as sneer was the destruction this weekend of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY. One of two things happened here: either the right got so fed up with the destruction of traditional figures that it decided to retaliate by smashing one of a black icon, or the idiots trashing statues didn’t know or didn’t care who it was they were going after. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The mistake was thinking this would stop with Confederate monuments. I warned this was going to happen three years ago. Just for the record I’m not a big fan of Lee (should have been able to see his way clear to sticking with the Union or at least staying out of the fight, blew his big chance at Gettysburg with a crazy idea he of all people should have known wouldn’t work), Jackson (decent guy, but fought on the wrong side), or Stuart (overrated, and probably inferior as a cavalryman to Forrest, Sheridan, and maybe Custer), nor am I a fan of the lost cause (an elaborate lie and rationalization). However, I believe that no one has a monopoly on honor, and that if changes are to be made to public art, they should be made by democratic, or at least administrative processes, not by angry mobs.

    The fact is that the people leading these mobs are hardly historical scholars. They are just angry, hate-filled people with strong, not necessarily well-founded, opinions and big mouths. They haven’t done research into any of the statues they attack, they just see an opportunity to make their mark ON, not in society, by destroying some obvious part of the landscape. They can come up with a reason afterward, or just dismiss anyone who objects as being on the wrong side of history or something like that. The fact is that no good ever comes from destroying a work of art. Pulling Robert E. Lee down never made anyone less racist. Pulling Washington down doesn’t make the Constitution more fair. Pulling Christopher Columbus down doesn’t make life better for the American Indians. And please tell me what good comes of trashing the statues of abolitionists? Not a damn bit of good.

    I was going to compare this freak-out to the Red Scare, where one pointed finger was enough to destroy, but I think this is becoming more like Nazism, where anyone or anything deemed impure was to be destroyed, and that included those who began the movement, or like Jacobinism, which killed for no reason as much as any reason. I wonder what Robespierre thought as he was led up the scaffold to face the fate he had visited on so many, and I wonder if that thought is passing through the Hamilton folks’ heads now as they suddenly find themselves on the outs.

  3. Five — yes five — of the leading characters in Hamilton were anti-slavery activists. Hamilton and Hercules Mulligan co-founded (with John Jay) the Manumission Society in New York. John Lauren’s was strongly anti-slavery. Lafayette actively promoted abolition of slavery. And the “fallen founder,” Aaron Burr? He owned slaves at one point but became an anti-slavery activist before 1800.. The other key characters? The Schuylers owned slaves (yes, in NY). George Washington and Thomas Jefferson we have discussed elsewhere. James Madison wrote that slavery was inconsistent with Revolutionary principles — but owned slaves and (from my readings) never made any move to free his own slaves or abolish slavery. Facts matter.

  4. I will admit to a bit of schadenfreude myself considering my theater friends (many of whom have traveled to NY two and three times to see “Hamilton”) have accused me of everything from white fragility, to privilege, to spewing racist rhetoric (while sipping their $5 Starbucks in a town with a black population of less than 2%). I posted this story on FB and so far it’s been crickets.

    • Understandable. What could they say that didn’t make them obvious hypocrites or obvious fools?

      Nobody wants to be either one of those on Facebook. And imagining a Leftist apologizing for his or her transparent hypocrisy to someone who isn’t “one of them” has apparently become unthinkable — too painful to contemplate and too easy to painlessly avoid.

      You’ll just have to settle for your schadenfreude, I’m afraid…

  5. One example in Hamilton. This is Hamilton excoriating Jefferson and Madison in front of Washington:

    “Is it my turn? Good
    Plantation states are packed with promise makers
    Do you realize the precious time these legislators wasted?
    Institutionalizing slavery only multiplies our troubles
    Wait till the 1800’s, and their population doubles
    You all know
    This is the stain on our soul and democracy
    A land of the free? No, it’s not, it’s hypocrisy
    To subjugate, dehumanize a race, call ’em property
    And say that we are powerless to stop it, can you not foresee?
    Sir, even you, you have hundreds of slaves
    Whose descendants will curse our names when we’re safe in our graves
    How will the south find labor for its businesses?
    How will Thomas Jefferson find his next mistresses?”

    So, how is this an endorsement of slavery by Hamilton? Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is ignorance. If one chooses to speak — even advocate — from a position of ignorance, a position that ignores and rejects facts, one has the right to do that. Nobody should listen, though; but they do.

      • The BLM movement takes it in a slightly different direction, and says if you are white you are privileged and can’t understand racism. They also say that you not only aren’t allowed to oppose their cause, you aren’t allowed to leave it alone, because silence is complicity. I’ve never seen a slave, owned a slave, bought, sold, or traded a slave, and neither has anyone on my behalf. My dad’s family didn’t even get here until after the Civil War, and my mom’s family were all Massachusetts and Rhode Island Yankees (gotta love that clear RI chowdah). It doesn’t matter. We’re white, this is where the road forks – either start taking a knee and saying black lives matter or be declared a racist and cancelled.

  6. And there’s this, also from Hamilton arguing with Jefferson in the “first cabinet meeting”:

    “Thomas, that was a real nice declaration
    Welcome to the present, we’re running a real nation
    Would you like to join us, or stay mellow
    Doin’ whatever the hell it is you do in Monticello?
    If we assume the debts, the union gets new line of credit, a financial diuretic
    How do you not get it, if we’re aggressive and competitive
    The union gets a boost, you’d rather give it a sedative?
    A civics lesson from a slaver, hey neighbor
    Your debts are paid ’cause you don’t pay for labor
    We plant seeds in the South. We create.Yeah, keep ranting
    We know who’s really doing the planting”.

    Did those who are criticizing Miranda for this play actually pay attention? Doesn’t seem so at all.

  7. Hip hop, like rap, began in England during the Sixteenth Century, when it was a popular linguistic pub pastime to see how far rhymed rhythms could be carried. Fortunately, as everyone knows, Shakespeare was Black.

  8. What do they want, to rewrite history, it wasn’t wonder but best of all world’s. Go to a Socislist or Communist nation and try to complain or even create this show.

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