Knee-jerk hys­te­ria

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

Now that the knee-jerk hys­te­ria is for re­mov­ing Stonewall Jack­son’s statue in Char­lottesvill­e, I am won­der­ing how long the 1956 Broad­way mu­si­cal, L’l Ab­ner will last in its CD and DVD for­mats be­fore be­ing re­moved from shelves and deemed racist. Ban, ban, ban. Af­ter all, the song, Ju­bi­la­tion T Corn­pone that helped put the play on the map might be in­stru­men­tal in ex­pung­ing it for­ever. If the Broad­way Ac­tors Guild per­mits this to hap­pen, then they too should dis­ap­pear for­ever.

How nice it was to grow up when a movie was only a movie, a statue was only a statue, and a song was only a song. I could see a fu­ture Amer­i­can his­tory text­book, a few printed pages at the front fol­lowed by a hun­dred blank pages with the word “Cen­sored” stamped in red, fol­lowed by a con­tin­u­a­tion of rewrit­ten his­tory. Sad, sad world in­deed, but sad­der, sad, sad United States.

DAVID JAMES WONG

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