Les Blancs (The Whites) was Lorraine Hansberry’s last play, and she left it uncompleted at the time of her early death of cancer at the age of 34. The play was finished by her husband Robert Nemiroff and produced for a short 1-month run on Broadway in 1970, five years after her 1965 death.
Tsembe: I said racism is a device that, of itself
Charlie: But I agree with you entirely! Race hasn’t
a thing to do with it actually.
Tsembe: (with pleased perversity) Ah—but it has!
Charlie: Oh, come on, Matoseh. Stop playing games!
Tsembe: I am not playing games! I am simply saying
that a device is a device, but that it also has
consequences: once invented it takes on a
both cases you and I may recognize the
fraudulence of the device, but the fact
remains that a man who has the sword run
through him because he refuses to become
a Muslim or a Christian—or who was shot
in Zatembe or Mississippi because he is
black—is suffering the utter reality of the
device. And it is pointless to pretend it
doesn’t exist—merely because it is a lie!
And DeKoven, it is hinted, is not only plying Eric with regular bottles of alcohol, but encouraging the boy’s experiments in female sexuality, perhaps even abusing the naive boy.
Los Angeles, June 5, 2017