Freedom of Inclusion

By Phyllis Lynch

The cast of the hit Broadway play ‘Hamilton’ made a rather unique request to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience Friday night. They urged him and Trump to “uphold our American values”, which can be defined by equality and diversity. It’s not the vague “Make America Great Again” slogan that Trump has rallied behind in order to silence minority citizens’ voice.

Trump went as far as to demand an apology from the cast members, and claimed that they “couldn’t even memorize lines”. He referre

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d to the cast as “very rude and insulting” in a tweet that was soon deleted. The issue here is that the cast of ‘Hamilton’ didn’t offended Mike Pence in the slightest. If anything, the cast just asked Pence to do his job, which shouldn’t be a ridiculous request.

The only person that is truly being malicious in this situation is Trump, and Pence by association. Maybe singling out audience members isn’t the best way to conduct yourself when putting on a performance, but it all boils down to context. In the politest fashion, the multicultural cast expressed the lack of security they feel within this country as a result of this election.

How could someone blame them? It’s no secret that racism played a big role in America’s growth, to insinuate that this nation has rid itself of every discriminatory stain is inaccurate. This election exposed every prejudice ideology that Americans have, and while some people choose to redirect their beliefs into a more positive direction, it was fuel on the fire for some.

To me, it feels as if we’re embarking on a Trump tyranny, where even a simple call for inclusion is considered heinous. Where “freedom of speech” doesn’t apply to individuals who aren’t cis white men. Then again, it seems as if that’s been the notion in this nation for quite some time.

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Phyllis Lynch is a senior at the University of North Texas. After trying out a multitude of incompatible majors, she fell in love with Public Relations. Her interest for journalism developed in high school while working on the yearbook committee and taking photojournalism classes. She is also minoring in psychology, which stimulates her interest in understanding how the human mind works. Phyllis dances to the beat of her own drum, and takes great pride in identifying as a black feminist. When she is not swamped with schoolwork or binging on Netflix, Phyllis immerses herself into photography, filming short videos and blogging about fashion and beauty. One of her dreams is to become a well-renowned Media Producer.