Analysis Of The Movie ' Dear White People '

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Dear White People is a show about black students’ attempt to address and solve racial issues at their predominately white, ivy league institution. Each episode is told from the perspective of the main characters. The point of the film is to communicate a narrative that is not seen enough. The writers rely on stereotypes to certain extents for the purposes of dramatization, but they clearly show how no matter the shade and/or background of the black characters, they are all still directly affected by racism and prejudice around them. One of my first thoughts when I started Dear White People was: ‘I wonder how this show comes off to white viewers.’ The jokes and references the characters were using in the show were very particular to black…show more content…
Literally switches over depending on her surroundings. She alters her speech depending on whether or not she is around her black friends or white friends. She uses more slang terms and speaks at a lower pitch around her black peers, while reserving the slang and raising the pitch of her voice around her white peers and other important white people like the donors for their school. She also gets a sew-in as a freshman, so she has a better chance of getting into the sorority she wants. The writers recall a memory from CoCo’s years as a toddler. In the scene, her teacher calls the schedule for the day and declares to the students that it is playtime. The students cheer and run up to the toy chest. A black child in the class grabs the first doll and tells Coco, “You can have the ugly one.” Of course Coco’s doll was black, and the other black child’s doll was white. That was the first instance of the writers establishing a dark-skinned black women as the other. In another scene Coco is having sex with her not-quite boyfriend, Troy, who is also the dean’s son. Her wigs falls off and she hides under the covers so that he does not see her braids and cap. She insists that he leave and refuses to acknowledge the wig as what it is, even though it was not on her head anymore. Troy then tries to get to her to come up from under the covers and calls her by her real name: Colandrea. Her
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