FROM WUWM-FM (89.7), Teran Powell reports:
White privilege is a phrase that can be heard in many conversations surrounding social justice issues across the country. Now, it will be the subject of a new stage play coming to Marquette University that opens Labor Day weekend.
Malaina Moore is the mastermind behind the “White Privilege” stage play. She’s a junior theater major, also working on a minor in social justice and welfare.
The play started as a class assignment. Her personal experiences helped shape the story, but so did her followers on social media, who she asked about while privilege:
“The feedback was a lot. Then I strayed away from Facebook for a while and went on to Twitter where it’s kind of a whole different atmosphere of like … harshness I want to say, and I think that that’s what made me go, this is something that I need to talk about because there are so many people with all of these varying opinions,” Moore says. “So, a lot of was it was me getting on social media, but a lot of it was also talking to people I knew — my brothers, my best friends — and looking into my own my past that I had kind of been naïve about.”
There are nine actors in the show — including Moore — five of them white, four of them black. It’s set up in a series of vignettes, each one with a theme: racism, cultural appropriation or police brutality. Moore says there’s a reason for that.
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