Race in focus: Jacob's Pillow incidents prompt conversation on discrimination

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On June 15, a patron of color at a Jacob's Pillow gala event was subjected to some acts of discrimination by other gala attendees.

These acts prompted Jacob's Pillow Director Pamela Tatge to issue a call for more inclusiveness at the 87-year-old dance institution. 

Two weeks ago, Tatge described what happened in an essay published in The Eagle ("Jacob's Pillow dismayed by racism at gala," July 10), in which she described the occurrences in detail. Tatge subsequently spoke with The Eagle, expanding on the points made in her essay.

The column and related coverage has prompted several letters to the editor, either applauding Tatge's essay  or claiming that there was nothing racist about a Pillow patron being grilled by fellow gala attendees about her race or having her hair touched inappropriately.

The original essay, an Eagle article and the related opinion pieces related to the acts of bias  are collected and featured below.


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