I’ve been binge watching this show recently called “Dear White People.” It’s the kind of show where you mean to watch one episode but suddenly it’s 1am and you JUST HAVE TO WATCH ONE MORE!
I’m not going to lie, the last few years I have done my best to try to avoid anything to do with race. I felt overwhelmed by the racism that exists in this country. I became frustrated with the lack of understanding that exists around white privilege with feelings being hurt and people getting defensive “I worked hard for what I have” type rhetoric following the idea around. It’s not about how hard you have or haven’t worked…. I would protest at first. Eventually, I just got tired.
I got tired of explaining what it means to be privileged in a society that favours you based on your skin colour. Something that no one can choose.
I got tired of defending myself.
“Yes, I AM coloured” and quite frankly I got sick of having to explain to everyone WHY I am coloured and HOW just because I’m different to your idea of what coloured is, doesn’t make me any less coloured. It’s something I’ve dealt with all my life.
Sam: “Dear white people, here’s a little tip: When you ask someone who looks ethnically different ‘what are you?’ the answer is usually a person about to slap the shit out of you.” (Ep. 1)
Because I’m “diluted” and so I get labelled half-caste and other shit like that. And people don’t get why I’m offended.
Because other coloured people tell me I’m not one of them.
Because white people tell me “I’m not like other coloureds” as if it’s some sort of reward for not being TOO coloured.
It all made me so fucking tired.
Like how many lessons do we need to give to the world on race and how diverse it can be.
And so, I was hesitant to watch this show because fuck me not another thing that deals with race right?! But I was so wrong.
I truly think it’s a show that EVERYONE should watch.
It’s about a fancy ass university and the real struggles that the non-white student population experience at the college. It’s SO real!
If you’ve ever thought Yeah #BlackLivesMatter yeah but also #AllLivesMatter then you should watch this show!
They deal with these issues in a way that makes you get it! You can’t help but understand what these kids are experiencing. When being black means you get a gun pulled in your face!
Reggie: “Gun in my face, your hate misplaced, light-skin, white skin but for me not the right skin.” (Ep. 6)
Suddenly it’s clear why #AllLivesMatter isn’t a fucking thing because white people are FINE! They don’t have these issues. They DON’T struggle with the same stigma and prejudice and discrimination that black people do.
Except the show isn’t a lesson in why race is important – it’s a story about people who are like you and me. It’s a story with characters so diverse and relatable that you can’t help getting what they are going through!
I can see myself in them and yet I don’t have half the struggle that this show demonstrates!
It deals with race relations in a way that makes you sit down for a second and think about your privilege. It’s honestly one of the best shows I’ve watched in a while. Don’t take my word for it though, go check it out for yourself!
If you’ve watched it let me know what you think!
Dear white people, our skin color is not a weapon. You don’t have to be afraid of it.- Sam Click To Tweet