Friday, May 01, 2009

Life & Art

One of those ironies of Life/Art.

Tonight, I was watching a TV broadcast of the original movie version of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, with its classic reworking of the story of Romeo & Juliet reset in 1950s New York, replacing Shakespeare’s feuding families with gangs of White & Puerto Rican teen-agers.

After it’s over at 11pm, I switched to Channel 21 News to hear this, by way of this Associated Press bulletin:

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- An all-white jury on Friday acquitted two Pennsylvania teenagers of all serious charges against them stemming from the fatal beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant last summer.

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