CULTURE

Why Can't a Black Woman Play Juliet Without Racist Slander?

An essay about the outrage surrounding Black casting

Allison Wiltz
Published in
5 min readApr 5, 2024

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The theatre is supposed to be an artistic realm where creativity and self-expression are prioritized above all else. Yet, as the world prepares to see another production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a shadow is lurking backstage —…

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Allison Wiltz
Momentum

Black womanist Scholar bylines @ Momentum, Oprah Daily, ZORA, GEN, EIC of Cultured #WEOC Founder allisonthedailywriter.com https://ko-fi.com/allyfromnola