The University of Melbourne theater department is looking to bring back segregation.
A student-run dance performance in Australia decided to try out Jim Crow by separating white attendees from anyone of color as well as requiring whites to sign a “declaration” in order to even see the show.
The Australian reports that Isabella Mason’s “Where I Stand” is attempting to show “how indigenous people and people of colour have been excluded from society and history.” Mason has confessed to even having “confronted” some of the white audience members at her show.
“Realistically, there are simply two different shows for two different audiences,” Mason explained. “The (white) audience in the foyer are invited to go through a process of accepting/transitioning/cleansing similar to a rite of passage.”
The people of color who attend get preferential treatment with respect to entering the theater, while the whites must “wait outside where four dancers, who introduce themselves by their preferred pronouns, talk to them about white privilege.”
Furthermore, white theater goers are required to sign a brown slip of paper that reads: “I acknowledge where I stand.” Anyone who refuses to sign is denied entry.
When white patrons outnumber people of color the show is abruptly stopped so the audience can sit and reflect, presumably about how every bad decision in their lives has brought them to this terrible night of pretentious dance theater.
“Of the five shows thus far, we have not had equal representation on any night,” Mason admitted.
Mason, who is of Maori and European heritage, says that the show has received mixed reactions, including several walk-outs.
“I have had a number of people contact me to tell me their own experiences and thank me … Many have cried … Some have been angry, some have walked out,” she claimed.
Institute of Public Affairs director Bella D’Abrera has called for the show to be discontinued, saying:
“It’s reverse segregation and if people are paying for tickets, and taxpayers are funding the VCA, then they should be let in … or they should stop the performance,” she said. “I’m not surprised the university hasn’t criticized this, I’d be more surprised if they did. This is more taxpayer-funded identity politics.”
One unhappy audience member and his boyfriend were not pleased with being forced to sign the paper. They drew parallels to the violent communist Chinese Cultural Revolution:
“I don’t blame the girls involved in the piece, they are young and self-righteous,” he said. “I do blame the University of Melbourne for allowing racial selection on campus in any shape or form. I am gobsmacked that any university would preside over an event where entry is based on skin colour. I naively thought this was a line that even the regressive left wouldn’t cross.”
Feature image: Isabella Mason/The Australian
Pawl Bazile is Patriotism Correspondent for DANGEROUS and Production Director for Proud Boy Magazine. He tweets at @PawlBazile.
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