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‘Dear White People’ gives black perspective of college

July 13, 2017

 

Logan Browning playing the role of Samantha Brown, a multi-racial student who confronts race relations as a DJ for the campus wide radio station. – Courtesy of Netflix
Rating – 5 of 5 stars

Imani Coleman
Staff Reporter | itc002@latech.com

 

Netflix’s new series “Dear White People” took viewers along with student activists as they showed their everyday experiences attending an Ivy League college.

 

The series is based on the  2014 film with the same name and begins where the movie left off, while giving more details into characters’ lives.

 

The series gives a refreshing glimpse of the race relations of all students in the university setting.

 

The main character Samantha Brown, played by Logan Browning, is a multiracial student who finds her role on campus by becoming an activist and the president of the Black Student Union.

 

Samantha is seen by some as an antagonist because she constantly confronts race relations  as a DJ for the campus-wide radio station, on her show that she has titled “Dear White People.”

 

Her program is nearly cancelled after a blackface themed house party set the political and racial climate on the campus to an all time high.

 

Troy Fairbanks, played by Brandon Bell, plays the dean’s son and also the first African-American class president candidate and is seen by some as the campus savior who is supposed to restore racial order after the house party.

 

In the meantime, the series also follows Coco Conners, played by Antoinette Robertson, who is in a relationship with Troy not because of an emotional connection, but because he fits the criteria for a future husband on her life plans to becoming a senator one day.

 

Coco also deals with race relations by lying about her background to her peers and not admitting she grew up on the rough side of Chicago.

 

The series also depicts Reggie Green, played by Marque Richardson, who is in love with Samantha but cannot date her because he is in a bisexual relationship with Gabe Mitchell, played by John Patrick.

 

I liked the series because it showed African-Americans as relatable students who are just as focused and driven as their classmates.

 

I also like the series because not only did it give the experiences of black students on campus it also gave the experiences of white students as well.

 

An important scene that depicted a overzealous campus cop pointing his gun at a student has added to an important conversation about the role cops should be playing in their respective communities and has sparked social media applause for the series and its modern script.

 

Overall, the series is definitely worth the watch. It has received a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes for good reasoning, it teaches both sides about the ramifications of racism and it tells the story in a very realistic, unapologetic way.

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