Dear White People – **(*)

Posted: February 24, 2015 in 2014, Political, Satire, USA, XX1/2

It’s still incredibly difficult to define yourself according to your color of skin. It’s a constant source of discussion amongst friends of mixed colours too. What makes someone white? What makes someone black? His or her colour of skin? Their interests? The way they talk/behave/pursue a career? People are individuals and seem to just use their colour of skin to their own benefit.

Dear White People is a political satire that really shows how different and often conflicting views young students at a fancy campus still have about being ’black’ and ’white’. It’s quite a depressing movie really, because it just shows how people can get all fucked up about the issue. It’s also very complicated if you don’t know how life on an American campus works. The story in this movie basically follows the events leading up to a controversial Halloween party during which a white student club decided to use ’African American’ as a theme. Now this sounds like fun if all communities show up as a stereotype from another community, but this party just has white folks dress up like any black stereotype. Wrong!

It’s supposed to be a satire, but really doesn’t feel like it at all. This is hardcore activism showing that there are still issues between the two communities. It’s interesting, because it really feels like the black community have more issues with it than than the white community. For the latter it’s easy: they still are privileged in life and they are either racist (with or without realising it) or they are not. Listening to hiphop and getting dreads doesn’t make them less white. Very simple. For the former it seems to be very complicated and confusing. Because what if you like something that is a typical ‘white’ thing, does that make you less black? Why should it even matter if you’re black and you like Taylor Swift or playing golf? Apparently it does.

The movie itself is well made. The information boards in between scenes are a cool treat, the dialogue is at times really funny or embarrassingly realistic, the acting is in general very good (give that Tessa Thompson more work!) and it’s thought-provoking, because it allows a lot of different voices to speak. And it tackles a lot of modern-day issues with very short but ad rem comments. However, not all act good (Brandon Bell should go for a career as a model instead) and some discussions are way too pretentious with fancy pseudo philosophical reasonings. Plus, it’s really a movie about how blacks see the issue. What about the Hispanics and Asians? They only briefly appear at the end.

That said: watch it though!

PS: if you’re interracially dating and say something like ‘I could eat you like a bar of Hershey’s’, than please insult with a better chocolate brand.



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