Seemingly Racist Gestures - Person

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: Contemporary                                

Situation: An Asian-American responds to a Sports Illustrated  article about the racist taunting of a Japanese-heritage baseball pitcher during the 2017 World Series. Specifically, the article's headline referred to "seemingly racist gestures" made by the opposing player, and this wording has sent the Asian- American off on a rant.

Subject Matter: Race, Racism, Baseball, Sports, Asian-American, Japanese

Note from Playwright: As a mixed-race Asian American, I was stunned by a recent Sports Illustrated headline which questioned whether making "slit eyes" was a racist gesture. (Duh! It's the Asian equivalent of the N-word). This poem, done in an emotional hiphop style, conveys the anger, pain, and sorrow of the specific event while also speaking to the broader, yet-to-be-solved problem of racism in U.S. culture.

Supplemental Information: Here's the actual article headline that inspired the poem: https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/10/28/gurriel-darvish-gesture-world-series-game3

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  • Source
    Poem
  • Character Age
    Teen (16-18), Young Adult (18-21), Adult 20-30, Adult 30-40, Adult 40-50, Adult 50-60
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Universal
  • Character Ethnicity
    Asian/Asian American, Multiracial
  • Genre
    Slam Poetry, Performance Poetry, Spoken Word, Poem
  • Period
    Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min or less
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Female
  • Writer Ethnicity
    Asian/Asian American, Multiracial
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