Why We Need A Show Like "Dear White People" On Netflix

Why We Need A Show Like "Dear White People" On Netflix

Across the internet, I have witnessed what I like to call ignorance... So, I address it.

Across the internet, I have witnessed what I like to call ignorance; now, these could very well be trolls (the internet is known for them). However, they are annoying trolls (if they are). This new Netflix show titled, "Dear White People" came out... well a trailer, not even the show yet. This has gotten everyone (mostly the white people in America) in a rage over how the show is "racist" or "anti-white," or whatever they said it was. I tend to tune them out.

Being a black female in this world and seeing the previous film of the same title (which I call one of my favorite films), I don't see anything particularly racist about the trailer. The trailer did not even appear to be racist, in fact, it was exactly the premise of the show. Everyone has their panties in a bunch, though, because the director of the show tweeted "Fuck White People!"

Does that make him racist? The film talks about black people being "racist." Does that mean the show is racist? No. Twitter is a social media, the same people that are complaining about the director tweeting what he did - are the same people who are trolls. So, all and all, I am not entirely sure where the argument is...? If you want to be a troll and say similar things, but about black people, then I don't understand...?

The film is satire if you have not seen it (which I am sure you have not). It is actually a great film to watch; white and black alike. You could learn something from it. The film is about a main character named Samantha "Sam" White (Tessa Thompson) who is dating a white guy but tries to stand up for her blackness at the same time. She is of a mixed-breed herself, so that makes her black and something else.

However, Sam battles with trying to be woke, while dating a white guy undercover because she does not want to be judged for dating a white guy. The constant battle of thinking she should date a black guy to be accepted more in the black community as opposed to a white guy. Although, the white guy is extremely woke and an advocate for black lives on campus. All and all, at the end of the film, she comes out with the fact that she is dating a white guy and is okay with it. While realizing, you can be woke and be dating a white guy at the same time.

This is not the entire movie, though, the movie also touches on topics about blackface. How it is wrong to do blackface. How we should NOT do blackface. Under any circumstance. The film also touches on topics about being the "white-black girl" and how being ghetto is more appropriate than being the "white-black girl." No one wants to have a white-washed-black-girl as a friend, they want a ghetto black girl with a weave. In order to fit in you have to be ghetto and over-the-top, this allows for white people to make fun of you without you knowing it. You have "friends" though, right? So, that's what matters?

The reason why I am giving you a synopsis of the film is because I want to show you how NOT racist it is. It actually shows you how black people cannot be racist - "because we do not stand to benefit from such a system." It also touches on the topic of a black man dating a white female and how white girls tend to fetishize black men for their... you know what's (penis). It shows us that fetishizing is real and it's not only a pigment of black girls and guys imagination. It is real.

It shows us how our (black) parents can force us to get an education based on what they think people will perceive our intelligence as. Black people are considered to be dumb, unintelligent, and ratchet all the damn time - black parents force their kids to go to college and get a degree in something that will make people think otherwise. "Dear White People" is more than a satire, it is a film that is completely underrated. This film is far from racist. The trailer might not have done it justice, but it is far far from being racist.

It even touches on the gay black community in the film, something that is rarely (if at all) talked about. This film is more than just a racist film you made it out to be. This is satire at it's best; but, satire that is becoming real in a matter of seconds. This entire film is satirical, but also low-key realistic. I mean...

The one thing white people do not realize is that - it is showing exactly what it wants to show. Racism. And that is exactly what we got from the comments on the trailer. People who think racism is dead are wrong. It is not. This trailer shows exactly that. What we see are white people defending blackface and cultural appropriation. I mean I have defended some messed up shit in my time - but, never have I defended racism. So, y'all mean to tell me blackface is okay? Making your face look like mine is okay? I mean, if we did whiteface y'all would be starting a war; but, that is some different tea for a different time.

If a film called "Dear Black People" was made, it would be racist. Why? Well, because white people would find a way to make it racist. It would be about how black people go to jail because of weed more than white people. How black people kill other black people in the black community. Plus other statistics that are dumb and uninformed. Unlike white people, we don't stand to gain off of someone else's misfortune. As black people, we simply speak the truth. We do not like to be culturally appropriated and we do not like blackface. How is that outlandish to say?

"Dear White People" is titled to the people who need to see the truth. I am sorry if that offends you, but have you not realized by now that we don't really care? Since when has a black person cared about what a white person has said? I mean, you can save your breath. We are still going to make the show and if you cancel your Netflix account that's on you. I will still be watching "A Different World" with or without you.

If you thought racism was dead, you are most definitely blind. How a trailer that said in the first five seconds "dressing up as our skin is not okay" got this much backlash is beyond me. Blackface is still alive and well and thank gosh this show is coming out because we need now it more than ever.

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My Asexuality Is The Last Thing I Hate About Myself

Oh, by the way - mom and dad, I'm Ace!

This week my fellow UCF Odyssey writer and asexual Chris Mari wrote an article explaining his asexuality and his complete detest for it. He goes into detail about how is sexual orientation developed, what it is, and how he feels about how it affects his relationships. It is a really insightful article about the accepting process of discovering your own sexuality.

However, I feel like Chris is taking this the wrong way. Being asexual, or any sexuality for that matter, is nothing to be ashamed of and you should never hate yourself for it. It took me a while to figure it out and it took me even longer to accept it. But once I did, my life, relationships, and my view on my asexuality got better. I don't see it as a curse or a disease. I see it as being a part of the awesome person I am (not to brag).

There are many things that I don't like about myself, but my sexuality is not one of them. I hate that I am messy, that I like to mix all of the fountain drinks into one cup, and that I am a terrible driver. I do not hate the fact that I am a five-foot-two asexual woman who eats a lot of pasta.

To be clear, like most sexualities asexuality has a spectrum with different attraction levels and variances between each individual. There are many types of asexuality and each type varies on sexual orientation, lack of sexual attraction, and romantic orientation, which is completely different from sexual orientation. At its core, being asexual means that you lack sexual attraction to others, have low sexual desire, and never initiate sexual activity.

Asexuality means many things to many different people. You can still be in a sexual relationship with someone and still consider yourself to be asexual. You can be attracted to others and still have romantic relationships and still be asexual. It does not have to confine you, your relationship, or you sex/non-sex life.

Unlike Chris, I figured out my asexuality as a teen. Around my senior year in high school, I noticed that I wasn't experiencing the same feelings towards sex and sexual desire as a lot of my friends. For a long time, I thought that there was something wrong with me. I blamed it on me being "too mature" for relationships in high school, and that "all the guys in my grade were unattractive." Which, by the way, was not true.

It wasn't until I started Googling these question I had that I found out what the issue was. I am asexual. And it wasn't until the first relationship I had that I realized I was more of a gray-asexual than strictly asexual. I sometimes feel sexual attraction to others, but only when a strong emotional connection is formed, and even then my sexual attraction is little to none.

Having sex does not mean having a relationship and having a relationship does not mean having sex. Trust me, I know. A romantic relationship is built on a strong emotional connection, respect, and intimacy, which does not necessarily mean sex. My past relationships were built on strong emotional connections and mutual respect. Sometimes there have been feeling of sexual attraction, but in a lot of cases, there weren't. If/when I am in a relationship, there is a lot of emotional intimacy, caring, and a lot more Netflix binging than in most non-asexual relationships.

Chris, it sounds like you are still dealing with the fact that you are asexual. And let me tell you, from my own experience, once you accept it your feelings towards it won't be so negative. There is an entire community of people like you and I that understand what you are going through. But this is something that you shouldn't hate yourself for.

Being asexual does not mean you are broken, have a disease, and are not capable of being in a relationship. If you surround yourself with accepting people, accept who you are as a person, and find that person who loves you for who you are and not your asexuality, then you will see how awesome it is to be who you are meant to be. Trust me, it's good to be part of the plus! We give it that extra credit!

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The Benefits Of Putting In Effort To Be Respectful Result In Better Days For Everyone

Why it matters to not be a jerk.

As a transperson, there’s things you just have to learn to deal with. Especially when you’re not really passing.

Now these are things I’ve experienced so there’s a strong chance that this isn’t a universal experience for transpeople or maybe it’s just transmen. Who knows.

So, one thing I’ve noticed a lot is that people see you and immediate look at secondary sex characteristics and immediately determine based on biological sex what your gender is. And yes, most of the time it seems accurate. It’s just sort of where people are right now. They don’t mean to misgender, it’s just something that happens. I’ve become used to that, I might internally groan and feel annoyed, but I try and swallow it down. It’s not usually worth correcting if it’s not someone I interact with closely.

That being said, when there’s a situation where a tiny bit of effort and self-awareness can fix that? Well, that just tends to anger me. Let me explain, because there is a story about this.

I’ve been studying at a U.K. university since January. While here, all of my files and such say my preferred name, Jason. Like it’s all very clear in my files that I’m Jason and they know my deadname.

My student id even says Jason and I won’t lie, when I got that I felt close to tears it was just so awesome.

I was being recognized, validated.

((I am sure I could fix it at my home university, fix my id there and get all the paperwork and such fixed but I have my reasons for not getting into that process.))

I got an email recently asking if I had time to talk to the students here who were about to go to the U.S. to study, some going to my home university. I immediately jumped on the chance because, why wouldn’t I want to brag about UNCG?

When I replied to the email, I signed it Jason. Usually when I do this, despite the email address (the name you put when you make the account) the person I’m sending the email to picks up on what’s happening.

Instead, this time when I got the reply, they did two things which left e dumbfounded and pretty angry.

They put my deadname- and they didn’t even spell that right. Now, I’m white- I’m never going to understand the crap POC’s have to go through when others make fun of, misspell and all that kind of stuff with their names.

But seriously? They weren’t able to see that I signed my email Jason? Or to glance up at the name associated with the email to make sure its spelled right?

One thing that’s pounded into students heads again and again is be professional, correct and to doublecheck our emails. Especially when they’re to people who work with the university.

It makes me wonder why I should put in the effort when emailing them, but they don’t have to?

Because I don’t have a fancy title or a job at a College or University I deserve less respect?

How the heck does that make sense?

Sure, nothing in life is fair but a general rule to give minimal respect to others seems like a great idea.

I thought that the ideas of respect and effort were cornerstones of most universities. Maybe it’s just different here. Maybe they don’t care.

Or maybe, it was just a honest mistake though in my experience? I doubt it.

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