Annie is one of my all-time favourite musicals, and I don’t make a habit of telling people that I’m a fan of musicals. We all know the story – or we should all know the story. A little girl in an orphanage looking for her mum and dad is adopted by a millionaire. All of the adoption plans are thrown up in the air when a reward is offered for Annie’s real parents, and the adventure begins. It’s the quintessential American rags-to-riches tale with lots of brilliant songs. Who wouldn’t like it? Well I came across some people who have decided not to like it because the star of the new movie is… black.

Not much can be said about racism really, other than it is upsetting. Personally I don’t like to think of other people are racists, this only defines people. Rather I prefer to see them as sad and angry people who say racist things. We all know what it feels like to be sad and angry, so instead of being too harsh on people who say things like this I would prefer to engage with them in the hope that they can see that their venting at other people will never deal with their hurt or rage. Speaking words of hate about a little girl because of the colour of her skin is just so loathsome it makes the want to engage very difficult. I only thank God that this is still a minority sport.


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