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‘Hamilton’ Bars White Actors

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Evan Gahr Investigative Journalist
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So much for white skin privilege: The hit Broadway rap musical, “Hamilton,” just announced open auditions — for anybody but whites.

That’s right: If Alexander Hamilton somehow got reincarnated as his 25-year-old self he would be ineligible for the starring role due to insufficient melanin.

The New York Post reported Wednesday that the shows new casting call flier seeks, “NON-WHITE men and women” in their 20s and 30s for shows on Broadway an elsewhere.

Seems that skin color counts more than ability here. No previous theater experience is required — quite a low bar or a show on the famed, uh, Great White Way.

Auditions are scheduled next month for San Francisco and Los Angeles and New York in May.

Employment lawyer David Wimms, currently handling a reverse discrimination lawsuit against the Fire Department of New York, says that, “the race specific job ad probably violates local, state and federal non-discrimination laws. “I would think it is illegal, in addition to discriminating, publishing discriminatory statements is also illegal.”

Evan Gahr