Schools and communities across the nation have debated it. And Eastern students and staff recently joined in the debate. But the answer is clear. The play “N*gger, Wetb*ck, Ch*nk” should be performed at Eastern.
“N*W*C” attempts to de-power racial slurs through comedy, poetry, hip-hop and real-life experiences.
For most opponents of the play, a comedic spin on those slurs is too offensive. And to those people, you should lighten up. Don’t be so proud that you can’t laugh at yourselves, as the actors of N*W*C* can. Don’t be so afraid of other peoples’ opinions that you can’t step out of a choking ethnocentric mindset.
And don’t focus on the play’s racial terms and miss the point of the production.
N*W*C* has the potential to make people care more about racial equality. It takes a serious subject and makes it easy to digest through comedy. It’s much simpler to reach a happy, laughing person than an indifferent person. At least angry people will start talking afterwards.
And we need those conversations. We need to open up dialogues.
But we must be fair and open on all sides of the argument, and, above all, we must not take ourselves so seriously that pride gets in the way of progress.
And people on every side of the board must leave their prejudices behind to make any progress with these conversations.
It’s pointless, antiquated emotional baggage.
If racial equality is so important, isn’t it worth taking a few risks to achieve? What will we lose by giving people with something to say a chance to say something? And if it takes a comedy vehicle to get people talking, who are we to say no?
N*W*C* will provide a catalyst for real dialogue on racial issues. If those who have too much racial pride to laugh keep it from coming to campus, what will have changed?