Have you ever been in a situation where a white person made some ridiculious comment about black folks? Like, “I can’t be racist…I have a black roommate!” Or, “You must like Tyler Perry films, right?” Or, “Can you teach me how to do Dougie? I know you can dance!”
No matter how progressive we become in this country, somewhere, somehow someone will utter something ignorant that can quickly jack up a mood. But fear not, the folks behind the @DearWhitePeople Twitter and Tumblr accounts have you covered and are taking their hilarious commentary to the big screen.
The film, Dear White People, follows “four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.”
Despite its provocative title, according to Shadow & Act, filmmaker Justin Simien says his film isn’t necessarily about racism (it’s a fact of life), but rather racial identity.
Nobody wants to be called a racist, so I think when people hear the title ‘Dear White People,’ already they want to take a defensive posture. But my movie isn’t necessarily about racism. I think that racism is a fact of life and any movie dealing with black issues has to take place in a world where that’s reflected. But my movie is really about race identity – it’s about who you are, how the world sees you, and how that affects your potential.
Based on Dear White People’s witty tweets and the hilarious trailer, it looks like the film just might make people think while keeping them thoroughly entertained.
Were you feeling the trailer? Fill in the blank: “Dear white people_______”