Why ‘Blackish’ Is The Show We Need Right Now
Posted on February 25, 2016
This week, Blackish tackled the topic of police brutality with laughter, anger, passion, and love.
Last night, Blackish aired an episode that exemplified why diversity is so important in entertainment. Within its short 30 minutes, a tough and divisive issue was handled with intelligence and depths of which hour-long shows typically seem incapable of achieving. I submit that this was all made possible by a creator and writers who can speak from personal experience and a cast that can deliver from the same place.
The episode didn’t stop with a surface discussion of police brutality. Instead, it delved deeper and raised discussion around “the talk” with children about brutality and protests. The genius of the episode however, was the counterpoints Dre and Rainbow took. While Rainbow took the more conservative, and hopeful position, Dre spoke for the black anger that burns deep inside of us that we have been forced to coexist with. They were personifications of so many things: positivity and despair, old school and new school, compassion and passion.