I was skeptical of Blackish at first. I really wasn’t trying to see a show that may pander to the white audience. And then, there was the shaky idea that Anthony Anderson may have dropped a dud of a show. With the amazing Tracie Ellis Ross, I had a feeling that the show would have some redeemable qualities. Still, I wasn’t sold on this idea of a “black family” within today’s environment of dumbing down black culture.
I am here to say that I was thoroughly wrong about this.
Blackish is actually a great show. The show actually makes the observer have an understanding of how black people fit within today’s society. There are a lot of moments of hilarity due to outdated belief systems, misconstrued intentions, and taking things too far. Then again, making mistakes is the spice of life. Where would we be without the miscues of man?
And then there is that other part that I love the show. Those moments where they put all the smiles and realistic goofiness aside. It is in those minutes where we get into the psyche of the adults and make sense of how things really are. Those times where the smiles turn to frowns and they get realer than Holyfield pre-bitten off ear. That part that I speak of is when a character drops knowledge.
Blackish and the Trump Election
And this happened with Dre (Anthony Anderson) was in a work meeting. His coworker, Mr. Stevens, did think that Dre had any care or concern about the election of Donald Trump. So, he asked “Don’t you care about what’s happening to this country”? At that moment, things took a turn for the educationally emotional.
And it all started with the statement “What did you just say to me?” in reply. Once this statement is said, there is a 95% chance of an explanation. And with that explanation, there is a 99% chance that the speaker is going to let someone have it. Once I heard it, memories of Solange’s “Don’t Touch My Hair” started playing. I knew there was going to be smoke in the air from the fire that was raging in Dre’s heart.
Instead of Solange, the show started playing Nina Simone’s rendition of “Strange Fruit” in the background. And then, Dre let loose:
I love this country even though at times it doesn’t love me back. For my whole life my parents, my grandparents, me, for most black people, this system has never worked for us. But we still play ball, tried to do our best to live by the rules even though we knew they would never work out in our favor, had to live in neighborhoods that you wouldn’t drive through, send our kids to schools with books so beat up you couldn’t read them, work jobs that you wouldn’t consider in your nightmares.
Black people wake up every day believing our lives are gonna change even though everything around us says it’s not. Truth be told, you ask most black people and they tell you no matter who won the election, they don’t expect the hood to get better. But they still voted because that’s what you’re supposed to do.
You think I’m not sad that Hillary didn’t win? That I’m not terrified about what Trump’s about to do? I’m used to things not going my way. I’m sorry that you’re not and it’s blowing your mind, so excuse me if I get a little offended because I didn’t see all of this outrage when everything was happening to all of my people since we were stuffed on boats in chains. I love this country as much — if not more — than you do. And don’t you ever forget that. 
And then, Dre walks out of the meeting. With that, everyone else sat there quietly. And who could blame them: Dre laid it out for them like blueprints for “this ain’t what you want”.
And then, there is the inescapable truth: Dre dropped undisputed facts. Black people have always done the expected within a system that assumes us to be an encumbrance. And yes, many of us are expected to “work harder” and “be stronger” while we wear the neckties and blouses of respectability politics. As some things improve, many other situations remain stagnant. This was just a reminder for many black people that things fall apart.
Why would Dre be shaken up when he’s used to picking up the pieces?
Blackish Final Word
At the end of the day, many of us need to understand the burden of blackness. Every black person isn’t going to be shaken to the core by things going wrong. Donald Trump’s election isn’t the first disappointment and damn sure won’t be the last. As usual, we just have to figure out where we stand and what we need to do to survive the fallout. For many people, Trump’s election was a signal of the last days. For many black people, however, it was Wednesday.
‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!
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