The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour

Published December 15, 2016


  • 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

  • The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.
  • 1/26/2017 at 7:00pm
  • Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
  • Free
  • Students and Faculty admitted
  • Sponsors include: Multicultural Student Development, Black Faculty Staff Association, Forum Series, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance

Just like skinny jeans, superhero movies, and celebrity weight loss, racism continues to make a comeback. In 2007, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour opened big and came out swinging against big targets.  And since then the targets have only gotten bigger (see The Tea Party) and crazier (see The Tea Party). America has elected its first black president, and in response, racism has redoubled — no, re-quadrupled — its efforts. While the economy fails, racism is thriving. Whether it’s Rush Limbaugh’s & Glenn Beck’s daily treason, OR tea parties that look like casual Fridays at Ku Klux Klan rallies, OR the state of Arizona saying, “How do you propose that we get rid of all these Mexicans?” OR the continued broadcast of BET, OR Tyler Perry… being Tyler Perry, racism hasn’t run this rampant since Martin Luther King, Jr. had that dream. And meanwhile black people wonder if they elected a black president or a president who is black. And the country is bankrupt. We’re still fighting wars in places where we have no business… or plan… or even a business plan. And Sarah Palin won’t shut up.

Lucky for us, W. Kamau Bell is here to make (non)sense of all of it all. The Curve is a comedic exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. The Curve is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories and solo theatrical performance.

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