Weeks before he took the stage after last Friday night’s performance of “Hamilton” to deliver a direct plea from the show’s producers, creators and cast for theater-going Vice President-Elect Mike Pence to “uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us,” Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon took to social media and accused America’s police of “the regular, paid leave, remorseless murder of unarmed people of color.”
Even worse, he celebrated the assault of drunk white women by black men on St. Patrick’s Day.
— Brandon Victor Dixon (@BrandonVDixon) March 17, 2012
Dixon also suggested that as vengeance for what he saw as a ‘racist tweet’ about Trayvon Martin a black man should turn a white wife and mother into “a jump off” (whether or not she, her children or husband had made said tweets). The comment, made by another black man, was manually RTed by Dixon along with “the best.”
“@jleefilm: 4 every racist comment I get about Trayvon Im going 2 turn 1 white married suburban housewife & mother n2 a jump off” The. Best.
— Brandon Victor Dixon (@BrandonVDixon) July 18, 2013
But it wasn’t just women—white women, white mothers, white wives—who were Mr. Dixon’s targets.
Heightened racial tensions, and strained relations between police and the African American community —due to a long list of high-profile police shootings of black men across America—has plagued President Obama’s second term. Amid the steady drumbeat of protests by groups such as Black Lives Matter, and in response to several killings of police officers leading up to the Republican convention, President-elect Donald Trump was able successfully to position himself as the ‘Law and Order’ candidate.
In September, Mr. Trump controversially received the endorsement of the nation’s largest police union, the National Fraternal Order of Police. In response, Mr. Dixon, who played the role of Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” this summer, took to Instagram to react to the endorsement: “This is a statement and a HALF. Well, this and the regular, paid leave, remorseless murder of unarmed people of color.”
As a matter of fact, the Tony Award-nominated actor and Columbia University graduate who told “CBS This Morning” his address to Vice President-elect Pence was meant “to stand up and spread a message of love and of unity,” has been very forthcoming in his broad brush criticism of police and institutional America.
In the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina in September, Mr. Dixon Tweeted: “More good than bad? Until I see LEGIONS of good cops in the street holding bad cops accountable, they’re all complicit.”
More good than bad? Until I see LEGIONS of good cops in the street holding the bad cops accountable, they're all complicit#youretheproblem
— Brandon Victor Dixon (@BrandonVDixon) September 20, 2016
And when interviewed in July for a story entitled “12 Celebrities on the Problem with All Lives Matter” by pop-culture site Vulture.com, Mr. Dixon observed that, indeed, all lives mattered but that it was black lives that were in “acute danger.” Mr. Dixon went on to explain that it was an institutional belief in white superiority that has led to the danger. “And really, the cracks in the systemic infrastructure that’s been built through the belief in white superiority that’s been created in this country is really what’s responsible for it,” he said.
Since spreading his message “of love and unity” at the Richard Rogers Theater a few nights ago, Mr. Dixon has come under fire for a controversial Tweet he made regarding St. Patrick’s Day: “St. Patty’s day weekend is like Christmas for black dudes who like white chicks. Happy holidays boys.”
And for Re-tweeting: “@jleefilm4 every racist comment I get about Trayvon Im going 2 turn 1 white married suburban housewife & mother n2 a jump off” The. Best.” A “jump off” is also known as a casual sexual partner.
When asked if the cast of “Hamilton” would apologize to Vice President-elect Pence as President-elect Trump has demanded, Mr. Dixon said he had “nothing to apologize for.”