#this is the second part of the assignment you just did.

Part 2: Your Comments: Read and respond to two other students’ answers. Make sure you are specific and identify who and what you are responding to.

Remember, your answer needs to be at least 150 words total and use proper English grammar and syntax, and you must reply to at least two other students’ posts.

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those are examples of the responds.

respond 1:

Hey…..

I would agree with you all so far especially for the last question you did bring up a good point. Black culture is definitely evolving in theater, entertainment, and pop culture. Also there a ton of black artists that influence society as a whole as well. I do also like your answer in question #1 using Black Panther as an example. It’s cool to see that the film is based around an African American character, which indicates signs of going in the right direction.

respond 2:

Hey ……,

I like your answer to Question 4 and how race is what makes the world such a compelling place, the fact that if the would be simpler with one race people would still find other things to argue about is the essence of human nature. I like how important you said the racial background is to fully understand one another, and how seeing the bigger picture widen our understanding is better how people get to where they are in life.I agree with you on how the African American cultural influences today’s entertainment industry, and how every other culture can bitch in acting, writing, producing and directing to benefit with a positive outcome.

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* now this is the first person you are going to respond to:

Do you agree with August Wilson about color blind casting and it denying the humanity of those actors playing roles written for white actors in the American Theater?

I take a neutral stance on this topic, because depending on the role given, it could very much dehumanize a person of any nationality to play such a role that doesn’t represent them and puts them in a position to be viewed as something they are not, painting a twisted narrative of them and their race. But on the other hand a role, such as a father figure, who was written to be white but played by a colored actor, would be more dependent on the actors themselves. Overall, I can understand the stand point but don’t view it as a guarantee that color blind casting is dehumanizing in all instances.

Could color blind casting say that we can look above and beyond race to the nature of what humanity is and how we can experience it?

Again, it would depend on the roll given to the person, in some ways, where race isn’t a large factor in the persona of the role, it would allow for us to see past race, but in many ways, it doesn’t work that way.

Can you explore the human condition and experience devoid of the divisiveness and history of race and race relations?

No you cannot, since race has always been a factor in our actions and experiences all along human history, removing this would remove all major actions done as a species and would limit our views and reasoning on why certain actions were done, specifically because of race.

Can the human experience BE voided of race and still be compelling?

I believe it can, since other factors can be used in place of race to causing turmoil and tension, such as religion, disabilities, or sexuality, like shown in the stage play RENT, something else can always be used to grab the attention of the viewer, some issue or conflicting view.

Is Brustien’s “Single Value System” a more thoughtful and socially uplifting approach to the way we should be telling stories?

No, his views of having a single value system would dehumanize the actor by forcing a singular value system on the role played, and the actor themselves through that role. In most instances of story telling this would not work, the view itself is more comedic in my opinion than anything else, and could potentially work in works that are meant to be comedy, but even in those instances it would be difficult to pull off. We as a species do not share the same values, even people of the same race, forcing a singular value system does not work, and works to hide the dark history that lead us to what we are now.

How do you think the “Single Value System” would work in your own words?

It would force the beliefs of who ever has power onto those that do not, it would allow the rich and powerful to pay for stories that could tell a twisted narrative of beliefs and of the past, of values that a majority of people do not hold, and would have those stories played out to the people as if this was the correct narrative. It would be a system that could be easily manipulated to favor those who have won a war to hide their horrible actions and use the actions of the losers to hide their own. It would twist history, by removing history and showing that everyone has the same values or lived the same lives, that actions like slavery just magically ended and all people live the same way now, even though we do not. It would be used a veil to hide what we are even doing now, and be used as an excuse to what we can do in the future.

Notice that this article was published in 2004. Based on all of your information now and your own familiarity with pop culture, film, entertainment and the Arts, how do you feel we are different now 13 years later with respect to multiculturalism in the theatre, the Arts, entertainment, film and television, pop culture and most specifically with African American actors? In 13 years how do we even feel about saying “African American” as opposed to “Black Actors”

In the 13 years since this was written, I don’t think anything has changed, the only difference is that its becoming hidden behind the scenes even more so now. A Single Value system is still being pushed more on to the viewer than before, and is simply including black actors and accepting that they’ve done a good deed.

— The second one:

Q: Do you agree with August Wilson about color blind casting and it denying the humanity of those actors playing roles written for white actors in the American Theater?

A: In my opinion, I do agree with August Wilson about the concept of “color blinding,” for not only about denying the humanity of African Americans, but for other reasons. I always believe people need to look it from another person’s perspective to get a better understanding of things in life. What I mean by that is color blinding in my opinion, came off as disrespectful to African Americans portraying them. Because it is shown to the public, what if an actor, acting as an African American, depicted them in a harmful or false way? People’s perception would change. Perhaps August Wilson believed in the right people should fulfill the role, instead of it was written solely for whites. This is where I think he wanted to be prideful in his approach and let African Americans pave the way in acting to show society the true image. What if it were the opposite, where African Americans were taking the roles of whites? Just a train of thought. I don’t think Wilson’s intentions ever intended to bring a negative outlook.

Q: Could color blind casting say that we can look above and beyond race to the nature of what humanity is and how we can experience it?

A: Does Color blind casting say we look beyond race? I think people will draw comparisons of color blind casting to a bigger picture, so partially yes; however, color blind casting does not necessarily mean it shapes an individual. Color blind casting can be OK, if there isn’t going to be negative intentions. Regardless people will get interpretations of actors.

Q: Can you explore the human condition and experience devoid of the divisiveness and history of race and race relations?

A: Yes, we can explore the human condition with freedom and without hostility, especially when it comes down to race. What it comes down to in my opinion is treating people how they want to be treated, the Golden rule.

Q: Can the human experience BE voided of race and still be compelling?

A: Yes and No. because if we void race and take it out of the equation, we would be focusing primarily on the experience instead of race issues that continue to divide us.

A: No because there might be no meaning. Race is important to understand human experience and the background. People are trying to get a deeper meaning by involving race. This relates to August Wilson in my opinion and where he is coming from, to establish identity.

Q: Is Brustien’s “Single Value System” a more thoughtful and socially uplifting approach to the way we should be telling stories?

A: No because there would be exclusion/denying of many cultures and personalities. Not everyone is the same.

Q: How do you think the “Single Value System” would work in your own words?

A: A single value system would work in my own words by simply respecting each. No matter the race, and differences, everyone would come together to work with each other. We would understand each other.

Q: Notice that this article was published in 2004. Based on all of your information now and your own familiarity with pop culture, film, entertainment and the Arts, how do you feel we are different now 13 years later with respect to multiculturalism in the theatre, the Arts, entertainment, film and television, pop culture and most specifically with African American actors? In 13 years how do we even feel about saying “African American” as opposed to “Black Actors”

A: We are different now because we embrace it. Today’s society is diverse, especially to all the pop culture, film, entertainment and music I am exposed to. It’s a great sight to watch because it shows unity and builds great sense togetherness. Small communities are able to form to share mutual interest no matter the race. We’ve definitely come a long away, and as for saying African American as opposed to “Black Actors” show we have respect, and that’s how the mindset should’ve always been.

 
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