Play cancelled cuz of original title from 1939

Cunt Smasher

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071127/NEWS01/711270344/1056/COL02
LIBERTY TWP. - A widely performed school play has been canceled by Lakota officials after a recent meeting with a local NAACP official.

The internationally acclaimed play - Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" - was to be performed by students at Lakota East High School this weekend.

But Gary Hines, president of the local NAACP branch, recently complained to Lakota officials that the play, based on Christie's 1939 mystery novel, was inappropriate for a school production.
Hines said the book's original title and cover illustration used for its initial publishing that year in England was a racial slur toward blacks and included a cover illustration of a black person and a hangman's noose.

"The original title was 'Ten Little (N - - - - - -),' and it is important to say that because that was the actual title," Hines said Monday.

The title of the international bestseller was widely changed after 1939, and school theater productions in America have performed the murder mystery play as either "Ten Little Indians" or "And Then There Were None" for decades since.

Hines claims that a lack of racial diversity among Lakota's students and teachers allowed the play to be chosen despite the history surrounding its original title.

"It's a lack of diversity knowledge on their part. Diversity is not a way of life in Lakota," Hines said.

But Hines, who operates GPH Consultants - a diversity training company - in West Chester Township, said that despite his strong protest, it was Lakota officials' idea to cancel the play in response to his complaints.

Jon Weidlich, spokesman for Butler County school district, said subsequent discussions - after district officials met with Hines earlier this month - among students and staff at Lakota East High School led to the decision to cancel the play.

"After learning of the play's origins and the hurt that it caused, we had hoped to use the performances as a way to create a discussion about diversity of all kinds in our community. However, students and staff continued to raise issues, and it was quickly obvious that bad feelings about the play were much more widespread and strong than originally thought. The best action seemed to be to switch to a different play," Weidlich said.

Keith Kline, Lakota East principal, said: "Certainly, it was a tough decision but one that needed to be made.

"Doing the play now is not a way to promote the respectfulness we are trying to promote."

But Joan Powell, president of the Lakota Board of Education, criticized Hines, whose local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People includes Liberty and West Chester townships, Hamilton and Fairfield.

Powell said Hines has a history of making racial accusations against Lakota schools with his personal financial interests sometimes coming into play.

In 2002, Hines accused Lakota schools of widespread, systemic racism and recommended that more than 2,000 Lakota employees be required to enroll in diversity and cultural sensitivity training similar to what was offered by his company. He promised to compile a report months later detailing his accusations against the schools but never produced a document.

Hines, however, has continued to allege racism in the school district.

Most recently in a Nov. 20 e-mail to Powell and other Lakota school board members, he wrote: "Given the history of the district, anything short of involving the NAACP in planning, developing, and executing a systemic approach to diversity is not acceptable and certainly not good enough for the district's students, faculty, and staff."

Powell countered that "Gary Hines has a certain vested interest in district's diversity since he has approached us many times in the past about providing that service."

She disagrees with the administration's decision to cancel the play.

"I'm concerned about censorship, and I'm concerned about the message it sends to other student productions that we are now in the business of censorship," Powell said.

Lakota East senior Luke Null, who has rehearsed since September to perform as one of the lead characters, said "pressure from the local NAACP canceled the play."

"I read the play as part of a class in the ninth grade. There are no racial undertones in it at all, and we weren't putting on the play under it's original name from 1939. We were putting on the play under another name," Null said. He and other theater students are now scrambling to find another play to perform some time early in 2008.

"Some of our First Amendment rights were censored. The race card is a pretty strong card," he said.
 

LiddyRules

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PAC? Hello. PAC?
 

Cunt Smasher

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Good thing the complainant is solely motivated by the desire to improve the lives of the downtrodden,and encourage diversity in a positive manner,with a selfless disregard for his own gain.
Just like Al Fucking Sharpton,and Jesse Fucking Jackson.Fine upstanding Christian Negro gentlemen.A real role model for our unfortunate inner city yoots,mistreated by society,not given a fair chance because of their race,not their lengthy felony record.


Sorry about the rant,there.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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1984 ... it's here ...
im so glad you red that book:action-sm

for some reason when i say shit like that people think im an asshole yet when a woman says it, i look like less of a kook
 

TheDrip

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Let me say this: I first read that book in junior high. I've seen the black and white movie quite a few times. I'm 33 years old, and until reading this thread, I never knew that the original title was Ten Little N******.

After doing a search on google, it would seem that the book was only published under that title for England, and never in the US. Thanks NAACP, thanks for bringing up something that is completely obscure and that 100% of the US population who aren't die hard Agatha Christie fans probably never had a clue about.

Now for another rant:
In 2002, Hines accused Lakota schools of widespread, systemic racism and recommended that more than 2,000 Lakota employees be required to enroll in diversity and cultural sensitivity training similar to what was offered by his company. He promised to compile a report months later detailing his accusations against the schools but never produced a document.

Hines, however, has continued to allege racism in the school district.

Most recently in a Nov. 20 e-mail to Powell and other Lakota school board members, he wrote: "Given the history of the district, anything short of involving the NAACP in planning, developing, and executing a systemic approach to diversity is not acceptable and certainly not good enough for the district's students, faculty, and staff."
Great, you want to be involved so that you can continue to do nothing resembling actual work, rather you'd just prefer to be around to complain. Good job.

The NAACP is a completely useless organization. Fuck W.E.B. Du Bois in his decayed shit hole.
 

Budyzir

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But Hines, who operates GPH Consultants - a diversity training company
Powell said Hines has a history of making racial accusations against Lakota schools with his personal financial interests sometimes coming into play.........

In 2002, Hines accused Lakota schools of widespread, systemic racism and recommended that more than 2,000 Lakota employees be required to enroll in diversity and cultural sensitivity training similar to what was offered by his company.
That about sums it for me.

And, yes, we are Doomed!
 
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But isn't the NAACP racist? They call blacks "colored people".