I’m only 5 episodes into Netflix’s Dear White People and I’m hooked.
This delightfully blunt, charismatic tell-all follows the journey of eight African-American students who attend a prestigious PWI (Predominantly White Institiution). Dear White People is the answer to my generation’s struggle of deciphering between falling victim to the pressures of assimilation or radically defending the plight of our ancestors by enforcing the ideals of Black power. The situation addressed by Dear White People is a clear reflection of what young Black professionals endure within both the academic and corporate settings. Directed by Justin Simien, this unapologetic masterpiece tackles two issues that have lurked in America’s shadow for far too long: overt and covert racism.
So far, the year 2017 has served as a breeding ground for a myriad of woke interpretations (let’s not forget about Get Out and I Am Not Your Negro) but Dear White People is the complete opposite of what each aforementioned film depicts; in fact, Dear White People is gritty, raw, crammed full of pop culture references and armored with dialogue so sharp you’re sure to get lost in its almost poetic rhythm. Painstakingly funny theatrical satires are also scattered throughout the webisodes and Simien’s side-splitting version of Black culture’s guilty pleasures, including Scandal and Iyanla Fix My Life, are enough to send you into a laughing coma. It’s pure genius!
Personally, I can relate to every single awkward racial slur mentioned in Dear White People. Whether I’ve had affluent Caucasian males tell me that I’m cute “for a Black girl” or harassed about the “amazing” texture of my curly coif, I’ve grown to realize that many of the stigmas surrounding the African-American community are founded purely on the premise of ignorance, an “I-don’t-care” attitude and, you guessed it, good ‘ol white privilege! I know, I know… the African-American culture is hypnotizing and magnetic; however, cultural appropriation simply is not. Dear White People‘s firm stand on combating racial discrimination is the perfect antidote to the rising tensions within society. The tumultuous topic is countered with sarcastic punch lines, an unforgettable soundtrack and more drama than the Real Housewives of Potomac. I applaud this young cast for taking on the brunt of such a controversial topic and I’m excited to see how their success will blossom.
So, if you’re in the mood to binge on a bomb Netflix series, check out Dear White People now! I highly recommend it. Enjoy!