The new season of Dear White people has just premiered on Netflix this week. Fans of the show were very eager to watch the entertaining satire. New fans were able to see what the hype was about. In case you’re unaware of the show’s premise, allow me to inform you. The show follows a group of black students at a predominately white Ivy League college. Debunking the theory that black people are monolithic. Each character is unique in their own way and its dope to see these types of images portrayed on screen.
The main character is Sam; she’s a biracial girl who is trying balance her blackness. She grew up in suburbia who didn’t have violent experiences like the other characters. Yet she’s experienced prejudice that most blacks face and it’s hard for her to deal with. Then there is Troy who is privileged but he’s learning how to conform within the color lines. Reggie is an articulate brother who’s too cool for school. His father was a black panther, so the black pride was instilled in him deeply unlike the other characters.
Lionel is a geeky introvert who’s coming into his own. He’s learning how to become sexually liberated and more confident in himself. This season you’ll see him adjust to the gay lifestyle. They also poked fun at some of gay stereotypes then provided more insight of the culture. This was cool for a lot of reasons, it didn’t display the typical gay characters on tv. Also displaying the different range of emotions that come with coming out the closet.
Coco is the bougie girl who wants nothing to do with her impoverished past. She has done everything to conform to Eurocentric standards except skin bleaching. Her need for acceptance is hard to watch because we all know someone like this. Her need for success is understandable, but it’s disheartening that she feels no one will accept her because she’s from south side Chicago. Lastly, there’s Jo, she’s Sam best friend. The way she was portrayed in the first season wasn’t in the best light. She was always second to Sam which isn’t fair. In black cinema, the light-skinned character is always portrayed as better. This is what happened in the first season, but now Jo is getting a lot more screen time this season.
The new season highlighted everything that plagues blacks today. Therapy, abortion, interracial dating, advancing your career while black. Each of these issues were highlighted this season. Therapy is fully embraced by millennials, but the older generation considers it a nuance. They don’t see the point of telling a stranger all your business. Mental health is finally becoming an easier topic to discuss.
The way its displayed this season gave audiences an insight on prejudices faced, PTSD and depression. With PTSD this disease is commonly associated with the military, but people don’t realize it comes from any traumatic occurrence. Debunking that myth was desperately needed to bring healing and keep the conversation going. Another topic that was touched on is assimilating with whites and code-switching. This is something that’s done with whites or blacks. Culturally speaking certain topics that would be understood in the neighborhood barbershop wouldn’t be understood in collegiate arenas.