Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dear White People

We supposedly live in a "post-racial" society. Yeah, right. Considering the number of unarmed black people murdered by people who don't have the right frame of mind to even own a gun, it's clearly a claim of utter bullshit.

Justin Simien's Dear White People showcases said bullshit to the fullest. You'd think by now we'd be in an unbiased society. But Simien shows how far we've yet to come. (How much longer we'll be in this sociological rut is hard to say at the present moment.)

Though the film's a satire, Dear White People hits a lot of points. It highlights how little progress has been made over the years when it comes to race relations. How much longer we'll be living in such a society is anyone's guess.

Dear White People also manages to eschew stereotypes for the main characters. The film does what most films tend to ignore: depict people without prejudices. (That said, the depiction of those frat boys could easily be likened to the average comments section of any given article.)

It doesn't work 100% of the time but Dear White People has one hell of a bite. It also raises the question that's been on many people's minds for years: when will we live in a society that's completely equal and free of prejudice? Hopefully it'll only be a matter of time...

My Rating: ****1/2

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