Originally cast with a slew of black stars as a direct response to the white version of “Wizard of Oz,” officials at an upstate New York school is being blamed for not marketing the musical to incorporate a more diverse (aka black) group of students.
One parent, Letrice Titus, said she was first made aware of the issue when her daughter, who is black, was cast as a member of the ensemble, rather than as a lead.
North Central Syracuse School District superintendent, Kim Dyce Faucette responded to the issue with concern, but plans to investigate before pulling the plug.
“Without a doubt, being an African-American woman, I can definitely relate,” Faucette told NBC/CBS affiliate CNY Central News. “Having said that, I’m not prepared at this point to pull the race card until I get all of the facts and can then make an informed decision.”
Titus is encouraging a more sensitive response from the school, including a recasting or simple acknowledgement that there’s an issue.
“They have black talented kids at the school, but they chose to put them at the ensemble because they’re not theater kids. They should have made a collaborative effort based on diversity, cultural awareness, [and] sensitivity. How are the black kids going to feel when they see a play?”