'Hamilton': Lin-Manuel Miranda Apologizes For Delay In "Denouncing Systemic Racism"
On Sunday, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a powerful video apology. Here's why he regrets the Hamilton social media not making a statement about Black Lives Matter sooner!
Lin-Manuel Miranda has come forward with a heartfelt video apology regarding Hamilton's failure to support the Black Lives Matter movement on social media. As People reports, Miranda himself had been vocal about Black Lives Matter from his own personal social media.
However, it just didn't sit right with him that the social media accounts for Hamilton hadn't spoken up right away, especially since the hit musical he wrote about America's founding fathers is known for its hip-hop music and diverse cast.
Miranda calls Hamilton's delay in speaking out a "moral failure"
Miranda began the video by addressing Hamilton's lack of action regarding the movement. "We spoke out on the day of the Pulse shooting. We spoke out when Vice President Mike Pence came to our show 10 days after the election," he said.
"That we have not yet firmly spoken the inarguable truth that Black Lives Matter and denounced systematic racism and white supremacy from our official Hamilton channels is a moral failure on our part. As the writer of the show, I take responsibility and apologize for my part in this moral failure."
Miranda also expressed how sorry he was for "not pushing harder and faster for us to speak these self-evident truths under the Hamilton banner which has come to mean so much to so many of you."
Miranda on issue of systemic racism: "It's up to us to do the work"
Miranda went on to directly address the influence people of colour have had on Hamilton. "Hamilton doesn't exist without the black and brown artists who created and revolutionized and changed the world through the culture, music and language of hip-hop," he said. "Literally, the idea of the show doesn't exist without the brilliant black and brown artists in our cast, crew and production team who breathe life into this story every time it's performed."
"It's up to us and words and deeds to stand up for our fellow citizens. It's up to us to do the work to be better allies and have each other's backs," Miranda stated. As People mentions, Miranda also made reference in the video to an incident that happened in 2016, when Mike Pence arrived to a showing of Hamilton just days after the election and was booed by the crowd upon arrival.