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Lin-Manuel Miranda apologizes for Hamilton not denouncing systemic racism sooner – Daily Mail

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Lin-Manuel Miranda issued an apology to fans of Hamilton for the Broadway show’s failure to publicly denounce systemic racism sooner on Saturday.

The 40-year-old playwright and actor also affirmed the show’s support for the Black Lives Matter, as protests have roiled major cities across the nation in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

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He began his short Twitter statement by pointing out how quickly the show was to respond to previous crises and incidents of racism and hatred.

Making amends: Lin-Manuel Miranda, 40, issued a video statement on the Hamilton Twitter account apologizing for the shows silence on systemic racism after the death of George Floyd

Making amends: Lin-Manuel Miranda, 40, issued a video statement on the Hamilton Twitter account apologizing for the shows silence on systemic racism after the death of George Floyd

‘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 began.

‘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,’ Miranda said. 

‘As the writer of the show, I take responsibility and apologize for my part in this moral failure.’

The composer also apologized 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.’

Taking responsibility: '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,' Miranda said

Taking responsibility: ‘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,’ Miranda said

Acknowledgment: '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,' Miranda continued

Acknowledgment: ‘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,’ Miranda continued 

‘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,’ Miranda continued.

‘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,’ he said. 

Making a change: '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,' he said.; pictured in 2016

Making a change: ‘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,’ he said.; pictured in 2016

Unified response: Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller followed up Miranda's video with a post of his own mirroring his sentiment; pictured in Januar 2019 in Puerto Rico

Unified response: Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller followed up Miranda’s video with a post of his own mirroring his sentiment; pictured in Januar 2019 in Puerto Rico

Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller followed up Miranda’s video with a post of his own mirroring his sentiment.

‘I’m not a politician. I’m not an activist. I’m not an expert. I’m a theatre producer. But what I realize today is most importantly I’m an American citizen and silence equals complicity and I apologize for my silence thus far,’ he said.

The Hamilton Twitter account followed up the videos by posting links to Black Lives Matter and the NAACP of Minneapolis, along with the Minneapolis Freedom Fund, which people can donate to to help bail out protestors in the Twin Cities.

Ways to help: The Hamilton Twitter account followed up the videos by posting links to Black Lives Matter and the NAACP of Minneapolis, along with the Minneapolis Freedom Fund, which people can donate to to help bail out protestors in the Twin Cities; pictured in January 2019

Ways to help: The Hamilton Twitter account followed up the videos by posting links to Black Lives Matter and the NAACP of Minneapolis, along with the Minneapolis Freedom Fund, which people can donate to to help bail out protestors in the Twin Cities; pictured in January 2019

Miranda and Seller’s statements came days after the death of George Floyd. 

He was killed when a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes, including two minutes beyond when he stopped breathing and became unresponsive.

So far, the four officers involved in the arrest have all been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, and Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

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