By Amber Ainsworth, Staff Writer
Racism can’t possibly still exist in society today.
This misconception is debunked and exposed in Dear White People. The film is set on a predominately white college campus where black students are battling to go against the randomizing of housing to keep their black residence hall from being broken up.
The film uses satire to address common black stereotypes through a radio show entitled “Dear White People”, where everything from topics about hair and comments the talk host (Tessa Thompson) has heard while on campus are discussed.
The racial issues come to a head when another residence hall on campus hosts a Halloween party encouraging guests to “release your inner negro”. The party is excessively stereotypical of black people, causes an explosive outrage.
Though it is 2014 and society has come a long way, in terms of understanding racism and insensitivity is something that exists in the real world. In fact, parties like the radical “negro” party in Dear White People actually do take place on college campuses around the country, as noted in the ending credits of the flick.
This revelation may come as a surprise to those who haven’t experienced or witnessed this sort of insensitivity, though it’s here. And it is outreaches like this film that will help break down the barriers of race and differences.
According to Marque Richardson, who plays Reggie in the movie, racial stereotypes are something even he has encountered, specifically while studying at the University of Southern California. He remembers a time a professor told him she was proud of him for making it out of the hood, even though he didn’t grow up in “the hood”.
Richardson noted that a lot of people aren’t conscious of stereotypes.
“It will spark a level of consciousness,” Richardson said of the film, noting that it will be a talking point of a topic that definitely needs to be taken on. “It’s a modern take of what is happening to us now,” he added.
Dear White People is a film that every person in today’s generation needs a dose of. The film takes a perfect approach to a subject that most would rather ignore and avoid.
Using humor to tackle racial divisions and misunderstandings, the uncomfortable topic is not only made comfortable but actually relatable and enjoyable. If there is one film that needs to find its way onto the college campuses throughout the nation, it is Dear White People.
It is potent, relatable, and current, no matter what race or walk of life one may come from.