Letter: Be more aware of the nuances of racial oppression

Minority groups—who are at a historical disadvantage, who are suffering in some capacity, and many of whom are currently resisting together—are not one and the same through and through.  In this time and climate of revolt against long-standing oppressive values and systems, I find it allows society as a whole to see social revolutions continuing today between two groups: white supremacists and the rest of the world.  So it becomes very easy in these generalizations to overlook details that may not seem too important or worth deep, ongoing consideration. What I want to call attention to is that as minority groups are banding together, it is important not to totally conflate their experiences.  I am not going to write as if […]

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COMMENTARY: Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror

Anthony and Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror bills itself as a loving pastiche of all things Sherlock. Its cast of characters features Holmes and Watson alongside an assortment of cultural figures from late-19th-century London, such as Gilbert & Sullivan, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw. What kind of sparks will fly as Holmes and Watson mingle alongside celebrated Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry, or engage in a duel of wits with Wilde? How will they respond when confronted by Holmes superfan H.G Wells? The theme of history vs. fiction is a big one for this play. “It’s a 21st-century play, based on 20th century characters, based on 19th century stories,” director Lauren Stiers wrote […]

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