Dear White People, You Gots To Chill!
By Bug One
There's a saying that's existed for a long time now that goes "Only a hit dog hollers." And judging by the fallout from various caucasians over the 35 second teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix series "Dear White People" (based off the underrated 2014 film), there are still plenty of insensitive trolls out there who frankly don't like to be told that they can't dehumanize minorities. To be honest, I heard about the white outrage over this trailer before I even heard that this new television series existed. And since I had already seen the movie, I'm thinking "Maybe they kicked it up a notch? Maybe in this trailer they are really holding up a mirror to all the bigots out there and really giving some scathing observations and criticisms." Then I saw the trailer. And to be honest, the only real take away was blackface=bad+offensive. That's it. No "why do white people put mayonnaise on and in everything?" No "Boy, they sure can't dance!" Not even a "Why did so many of you vote in a pathelogical liar into the White House?" But then again, how much social commentary can you really fit in 35 seconds?! Apparently enough to piss off a segment of White America known as the "alt-right".
A quick clip of a young black woman asking very nicely and articulately for her white schoolmates not to don blackface on Halloween because it is offensive was enough for some out there to say Netflix was promoting a show that encouraged "white genocide" and was "racist" and have organized a boycott of Netflix just for carrying the show. A show that hasn't even aired yet! I really need someone to explain this one for me. Is it racist for an oppressed group to say "hey, stop oppressing us?" Or "please don't do that thing we find offensive."? Is asking a group to be a little more thoughtful in how they relate to another group equivalent to genocide??!!!? Maybe in their minds their right to be as ugly and as racist as they want to be is such an integral part of their identity and psyche, seeing us lowly darkies even DARE to tell them to stop is such a wigflip they have no choice but to react as if we're carving out a piece of their hearts? Maybe the ability and freedom to poke fun at and devalue other humans is just that precious to them and they feel that's all they have to instill a sense of pride in their pitiful selves and its worth fighting for? Maybe for some of them, that is all they have? I don't know, and I'm sure I'll never understand. I just hope the show is as good as the movie, insightful, entertaining, and a huge success. And kudos to Netflix for carrying it.
And to the white folks out there who feel a TV show is going to upend 300+ years of white supremacy and bring forth the death of the white race, in the words of EPMD, you gots to chill.