Stop This Racist Play Opposes Productions of THE NEW WORLD
The Coalition-Stop this Racist Play, consisting of Native and Indigenous representatives, call on all concerned citizens in the region to come and learn why they strongly oppose the production of the play "The New World".
Currently being shown at the Bucks County Playhouse, PA, "The New World'" is a racist depiction of the genocide of Native Americans in our country. The play was written about Native Americans without consultation or consent from the Native community. Additionally, there was neither Native involvement in the production and development nor any Native actors cast in the show. "The New World" is filled with disparaging depictions of Native people, blatant stereotyping, and misappropriation of Native culture.
Their goal is two-pronged: They want "The New World" to never be shown outside the Bucks County Playhouse, and they want to ensure racist and insensitive plays like "The New World" are not produced, shown, or supported. There is nothing humorous about a play that further perpetrates the pilgrim's myth of the "Thanksgiving" - a holiday that was born from the extermination and exploitation of Native populations. Although the writer's intention was to unify people, even going so far as to make a mockery of every social group included in the production and including a "multicultural" cast, our community finds the depiction and the rewritten historical accounts of our people reprehensible and not acceptable.
" Since 1970, Native Americans and [their supporters] have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. " - http://www.uaine.org/