White Fever Dreams

The distortions of black and brown lives in the white imagination

Roxane Gay
Jan 31, 2020 · 10 min read
Illustration by Christina Yoseph

The new West Side Story revival attempts to reinterpret the classical music for a contemporary audience in a fraught political climate. It is Romeo and Juliet, but with tattoos and ripped clothing and barely suppressed rage rolling beneath the skin of every character. It is a story of old immigrants versus new immigrants…