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Hamilton, the 2016 Tony Award winning musical everyone has been clamoring over recently reignited its passionate fans, and gained new ones. Our clamoring continued when the Disney+ released the musical on the eve of the most cringe worthy 4th of July ever.

Here is a brilliant piece of theater portraying America's founding fathers, but they do not look like the founding fathers in our subpar history books. Daveed Diggs, a phenomenal Black actor, portrays Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote that "all men are created equal" while owning enslaved people, some of whom were his relatives. The hypocrisy of the founding fathers is dumbfounding. Check it out. Aaron Burr is Hamilton's white rival who killed him, played by Tony Award winning Black actor Leslie Odom Jr. The brilliant Lin Manuel-Miranda (who wrote "In the Heights" first - listen to it!) is of Puerto Rican descent, playing the titular character of Hamilton, a Puerto Rican immigrant - that tracks. I could go through the entire cast and compare their ethnicity to that of their characters, but I'll stop. But know that the very intentional casting choices should be noted and not ignored. So why are we not using Hamilton as a launch pad for critical discussions about racial justice? Oh, that's right. We're too busy obsessing over Jonathan Groff's spit.

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