Peter Pan and the Roots of Racism

December 11, 2014 6:00 PM

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It seems trivial now. Amid the ugly roil of Ferguson, the choking brutality of our police forces, the I-can't-breath, serve-and-protect, hands-up-don't-shoot rhetoric of an increasingly angry protest movement, talking about Peter Pan seems faintly ridiculous, if not outright offensive. "Let this one go," someone told me. "There's too much else going on."

And it certainly seems that way. But the issues with NBC's recent Peter Pan Live! -- and indeed, with Peter Pan in general -- lay bare the dark heart of American racism. White America strains away from the ugly truths of Ferguson, of Sanders, of the black men shot by a police force sworn to protect ...

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