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U of T Anti-Racism Office censors its own play

Black-Jew Dialogues couldn’t use poster

From theblackjewdialogues.com

Ahead of a recent show in Toronto, The Black-Jew Dialogues, a two-man comedy that tries to break down racial stereotypes, was told it could not use the same poster that they’ve used for six years.

The University of Toronto’s Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, which co-sponsored the event, censored the poster that shows the two comedians, a white guy wearing an afro and a black guy in a yarmulke who’s giving a thumbs-up.

Ron Jones, who appears in the yarmulke, joked to The Globe and Mail that he was going to the Anti-Racism Office to “give them a little bit of the old USA.” But then he explained his interpretation for the decision: “I think the Office was concerned that the logo could be misinterpreted. They didn’t want the message to be warped or put out there without a chance for discussion.”

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