Lakota East High School in Ohio has canceled its production of Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie because the original title of the book back in 1939 was Ten Little Niggers. Now, as abhorrent as the term may be, the story hasn't been called that in years and the content of the play has NOTHING to do with racism, although there is one comment that can be easily omitted that doesn't change the story one jot. As offensive as that one comment is, it was an expression befitting the time period. As the human race is pretty good at ignoring bits of history, this shouldn't be too hard to do at all. (The Song of the South NEVER HAPPENED. Shh.)
Another article explained how the school wimped out by saying that they realize how offensive this must be to everyone and how the violence depicted in the show is in poor taste given today's climate of violence in schools. The play isn't about school violence. It's a good old fashioned murder mystery CLASSIC and immensely entertaining to watch or read and has been performed in schools many times over.
To be honest, I can see why the school backed off because no one wants to look like a big racist speaking against a declaration made by the NAACP, but honestly... This just makes the NAACP look stupid because it's obvious they don't know the play and surely have far more important matters to attend to than a high school play that USED to have a different name back in the thirties but actually contains no racist matter whatsoever. Maybe. I doubt they're grasping at straws for incidents of true racism.
And why aren't the Indians screaming out that this is racist? The current title apparently threatens them, why aren't they making noise? It didn't even occur to the NAACP that maybe it would be more offensive to native Americans than to African Americans.
Funny how the last time Mr. Hines of the NAACP made such accusations against this school district that he then swiftly offered diversity training to them for a fee. Nothing like creating a problem to then get paid to solve it.
Mr. Hines, there are real problems that need addressing, you needn't go through the trouble of creating new ones out of thin air.