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"What McDaniel has done is reminiscent of what has happened over and over again in America because white privilege blinds people to the consequences of their actions. McDaniel may have thought he was helping the cause of Katrina survivors. According to a review by Jordan Soyka published on Bookslut.com and in The Quarterly Conversation, McDaniel says, 'I wanted to write about it as a citizen, as a person who saw all those people as neighbors, as familiar faces. Human persons, not merely Victims or Others.'
"By presenting the voices of black people as his original poetry, however, McDaniel has made his book not about 'all those people' affected by the disaster. It’s specifically about him."
This link recently saved by racialicious on March 14, 2010
Controversial (Irish) playwright Martin McDonagh is used to creating headlines in Britain and Ireland...But trying out an American setting as opposed to an Irish one is proving a challenging exercise...In an extraordinary and withering review, the [New Yorker's] theatre critic, Hilton Als, laid into ["A Behanding in Spokane"] for being overtly racist. "I don't know a single self-respecting black actor who wouldn't feel shame and fury while sitting through Martin McDonagh's new play," began Als's review..."A Behanding… isn't in the least palatable; it's vile, particularly in its repeated use of the word 'nigger'," Als wrote. He then went on to compare the play's lone black role, Toby – played by Anthony Mackie, the star of The Hurt Locker, to the racist caricatures of black Americans that populated American cinema in the 1920s and 1930s.