By Hipolito Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher
Everyone that has a question about the complexity of equality politics should watch “Dear White People”. By equality politics let me define those two words, equality, the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. Politics, the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.
The show is very clear on the complexity of the subject and the situations that the pursuit of equal representation and treatment can trigger in a society. There is a little for everyone, and it is delivered with enough entertainment that some folks can swallow the bitter pill and plenty of authenticity that it does not allow the viewer to forget that this is a commentary about our society’s struggle with each individual’s need to be acknowledged on their own terms, especially in a community that claims it does and does make an effort to be true to its worth in spirit, but because people are involved, the limitations are in deeds.
“Dear White People” can be infuriating and confusing because it does not really focus on what we feel is right, in many ways here are the intellectuals of the black community and other POC communities standing their ground to those that would not be available to them in private life. The platform that college offers is that many of these folks can find their voice, however disenfranchised it may be, and create a platform to speak and confront power. The shows stories are varied, complex and at times uncomfortable, but true to the experience of what college life can be. This is a glimpse of what private life is not.
“Dear White People” is raw and, unfortunately, not appropriate for those young adults who are probably watching it and getting distracted by the sexual and adults situations that it uses to create drama. That’s a missed opportunity, but it’s a TV show, not a documentary. Check it out!