Friday, June 12, 2009

Right-wing Talk Show’s Ideology of Hate Strikes Again

Play About Anne Frank, Emmett Till Cancelled After Museum Shooting

Right-wing Talk Show’s Ideology of Hate Strikes Again

Are hate mongers keeping a tally of the murders they help create with their hate endorsements? O'Reilly practically ordered Dr Tiller to be assassinated. The airwaves, right wing nuts use free speech as a tool to promote their morally revolting ideology of hate. I’ll bet if it were up to them, they would order anyone who doesn't feel the same kind of animosity they feel towards people deemed unfit, to be taken out i.e. Dr. Tiller.

When I heard that the former U.S. Def. Sec. Wm. Cohen's wife had written a play about an imaginary conversation between 2 teenage victims of HATE, Anne Frank and Emmett Till, I lost it. This should be theater for everyone. Emmett Till: Born: 7/25/41, Chicago, Ill. – beaten and lynched: Aug., 1955 because he was black and dared to whistle, flirtatiously at a white woman. Anne Frank - born 6/12/29 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany who hid for over 2 years from govt. killers in Nazi Germany only to be discovered and hauled off to die March 1945, in a concentration camp.

Langhart Cohen says her play at the museum has been cancelled until further notice. The next showing will be Friday June 12th at George Washington University. thinkingblue

PS: More about this play here: http://www.anneandemmett.com/

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Play About Anne Frank, Emmett Till Cancelled After Museum Shooting


WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Senator and Defense Secretary William
Cohen was inside the Holocaust Memorial Museum during Wednesday's
shootout and has unique insight into the hatred behind the
afternoon's gunfire.

Cohen told ABC 7/NewsChannel 8's Jay Korff he was only about 30
to 40 feet from the gunman when shots rang out. He was there
preparing for his wife's play which was scheduled to premier
Wednesday night at the museum.

In the horrifying moments when gunfire erupted inside the
Holocaust Memorial Museum, Cohen was only steps away from the
armed suspect, 88-year-old James Von Brunn.

"I heard about four or five shots ring out in very quick
succession and I knew they were gunshots and we ducked,' said
Cohen.

Cohen hit the ground and fled to safety. His wife, Janet Langhart
Cohen, was en route to the museum at the time of the shooting.

"And that place, that beautiful place the museum is
desecrated now with this sad murder of this young security
officer whom I would see every day that I would come in for
rehearsals," said Langhart Cohen.

Langhart Cohen says she wrote "Anne and Emmett" to
expose and hopefully eradicate hatred. The play is a narrative
about an imaginary conversation between teenagers Anne Frank and Emmett Till.

Frank died during the Holocaust while Till was lynched for flirting with a white woman.

The alleged gunman wrote extensively about his hatred of Jews and blacks. The irony of the moment is not lost on the Cohens.

"And today was a signal, a sign that we have more action coming. We have to do more," said Langhart Cohen.

William Cohen, whose father was Jewish, co-chaired the Genocide
Prevention Task Force. Langhart Cohen, an African-American, has
written extensively about racism.

Their life's work couldn't be further from the rantings of a
racist. Yet on this day, their paths crossed in a place built to
never forget the unforgivable sin of indifference.

"That element is still out there and what we have to do in
society is say we can't tolerate that. When we see sickness like
that we have to shine a light on it and expose it," said
Cohen.

Langhart Cohen says her play at the museum has been cancelled
until further notice. The next showing will be Friday night at
George Washington University.



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Also, hear Janet Langhart Cohen talk about her play



Let's keep our heads, while we continue to
watch THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD!!!

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