by Lauren Melendez
Dear White People is Netflix’s newest and, perhaps, most poignant dramedy. The show focuses on racism at a fictitious Ivy League university. It is centered around main character and student activist, Samantha White, who struggles with both her cultural identity and the racism she faces at her predominantly white school. Based on the 2014 film of the same name, the show sheds some light on topics that has long since needed to be discussed: the racial tensions that people have ignored for far too long.
This is a show that demands to be heard.
Samantha is vocal about her beliefs on her campus radio show “Dear White People.” Tensions rise when a “blackface” party is thrown on campus, meaning the issue can no longer be swept under the rug.
Dear White People is unique in that there is no easily-identifiable human being. It acknowledges that this is a gray area; that there are levels associated with an issue of this gravity. This forces viewers to examine themselves and reflect upon their own actions.
www.vulture.com best described the show, saying it takes into account all of the social and political forces that shape who we are…the unbalanced relationship between those who have power and those who don’t — and, just as important, those who have power but don’t realize or acknowledge it, and tap that power for good or evil ends without realizing they’re doing it.”
It is a story of struggle, of love, of tension, and of bravery. Samantha had the ambition and the courage to stand up for a group of people whose voices had been silenced. She advocated for change; for acceptance.
Season 2 of this articulate blend of social commentary and humor is scheduled to premiere on Friday, May 4, 2018. If you are looking for a show that can simultaneously entertain you and inform you, a show that combines drama and humor, then Dear White People is for you!