Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Black-ish Takes on #BlackLivesMatter, Police Brutality And Racial Profiling!

ABC's comedy black-ish takes on police brutality and #BlackLivesMatter

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross star in the hit comedy black-ish. The show deals with a Black father who trying to bring his suburbanite children into the Black experience.

Tonight's episode is taking on police brutality, racial profiling and #BlackLivesMatter. 

I'm giving my honest opinion of the episode and revealing spoilers. 

Andre (Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) explain the experience of being profiled by law enforcement to their four children. Dre, Pops (played by Laurence Fishburne) and Ruby (played by Jennifer Lewis) are trying to let the children know that justice system failed Black America. 

Jack and Diane (played by Miles Brown and Marsai Martin) are concerned about how they're probably going to be killed by the police. 

They get into a huge argument into Bow's feelings towards police. 

They become preppers for a pending riot after a grand jury decided to not indict an officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black citizen. They get into an argument over the negative press coverage of the unarmed Black citizen. They also noted the feeling when Black America felt that electing Barack Obama was the beginning of a new era in race relations. Dre explains that even with a Black president, things aren't getting any better.

Dre explains to Bow when he sees Obama's opponents treat less than his title as President of the United States, he sees racism at its worst. 

There was a fight between Zoey (played by Yara Shahidi) and Andre, Jr. (played by Marcus Scribner). Junior wanted to join the protesters and Zoey warned him to not go because the rioters could end up hurting him. 

Dre explains the "gray zone" between what's good and what's bad in the country. Dre and Bow believe that there's a need for change and even though they don't agree on everything, they have hope and strength to change policy.

The characters make reference to the most recent deadly encounters of unarmed Black citizens.

Don Lemon of CNN and Black activist Ta-Nehisi Coates were featured guests on the show. 

It's a controversial episode and it's certainly going to attract conservative outrage and reaction from police unions. Some of the police unions threaten boycotting entertainers who criticize law enforcement.

Anderson along with his executive producers Kenya Burris and Yvette Lee Bower are expecting a backlash from conservatives and police unions.

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