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Over the weekend, Netflix released ‘Dear white people’. The series is a remake of the Justin Simien’s 2014 film of the same name. As provocative as the name implies, I think you should watch it. After binge-watching through the show, I can assure everyone that white people are not painted as the big, bad wolves hated by all. The show is also not strictly from the black perspective.

The story narrates through multiple perspectives, ranging from (the obvious) black, Asian, biracial and of course, white. However, it does unapologetically attempt to discuss major racial (and none racial) issues that surprisingly still an issue.

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For example, blackface is the main topic at the start of  the 10-part story.  Unfortunately, during my time uni, I saw this happening.
Blackface is the derogatory impersonation of black people, where someone blackens themselves and plays on black stereotypes. Originally used as a comedic prose a couple of decades ago, dating back to the 1800s.

 

 

 

 

 

The show is not another ‘something that black people always moans about’.  Nor is it reverse racism. If you do however still disagree, please see poster: ‘Bet you think this show is about you.’

 

  1. After you get past the title and the first episode, you’ll see the gold

After the initial episode that sets the scene and story highly based on the film, it’s actually quite funny. I enjoyed the fact that multiple POVs were introduced in the show, which was missing from the film.

If you allow yourself to get past the first 20-something minutes, you’ll find yourself nodding, smiling and drawn into the lives of the characters.

 

 

  1. It’s not an attack on white people

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It’s so much more than that. Actually, it’s not. It doesn’t take itself as serious as you might expect, but it does bring the issues to the forefront – mainly African-American issues rather than black people everywhere.

  1. IT IS NOT REVERSE-RACISM

Now, in no way do I class myself to be a social or anthropologist expert, well versed in social and human behaviour. Nor do I claim to understand fully the rules of reverse racism. However, after much reading into trying to understand what it actually is, I’ve come to understand it as the acts of discrimination or prejudice performed by ethnic minority groups once oppressed against ethnic groups of the majority (so basically in the west, none white people discriminating against white people).

 

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In some places, I do think that some aspects of prejudice against white people does exist. Reverse racism has popped up so many times the past few years that it has lost its colour. Most of the time, it has been used when white people felt insulted because someone stated racism still existed.

Saying ‘Black lives matter’ is reverse racism like saying pro dog life is anti felines, or any other animal. The Black Lives matter campaign aimed to bring to light an important issue in modern America. And the truth remains that many young unarmed black men are being killed. It does not exist to discriminate. Responding to Black Lives Matter, with ‘All Lives Matter’ is like saying ‘all cancer matters’, to a campaign about breast cancer.

  1. It’s entertaining

It really is. It’s not just a story of black people being angry, or angry white people being angry because black people are angry. It’s a story of friendships, love, different social economic backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds, and just trying to make some a bit less ignorant.

4.50 avg. rating (89% score) - 2 votes

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