Analysis Of Dear White People

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When I first viewed the trailer for Dear White People I was more than thrilled. I imagined the film was going to be it was going to be my generations’ version of the Spike Lee Joint School Daze based off of the perverse I viewed, but as I began to watch the movie I realized I was mistaken. Unlike School Daze, a film tailored to a black audience, while the latter is tailored for a broader audience. Dear White People beautifully depicts the different types of black people, how foolish stereotypes are, the struggles college students’ faces in finding themselves, and most importantly, that black empowerment is not the same as black supremacy. While the film has many great attributions it fails show positive relationships that does not involve a…show more content…
The first being a Sam White the radical revisionary. Sam brings attention to issues concerning race, but the entire film struggles with being who she truly is, oppose to what others want her to be. Similarly to Sam Colandrea “Coco” Connors struggles with who she. Unlike Sam, who at times overly expresses where blackness and feels strongly about her roots, Coco is ashamed of who she is a just wants to fit in with people who she thinks can love her more than her own race. Troy Fairbanks falls somewhere in the middle between Sam and Coco. He is a legacy student who comes from privilege and seems to do a better job in convincing others that he is being himself, when in reality his father runs his life. Lastly Lionel Higgins who differs from the other characters in the fact that he fits in with no one. Lionel could be seen as the Bayard Rustin of the story, he possesses the ability to lead and change Winchester for the better, but his sexual orientation holds him back. Almost every black stereotype attached to black culture was portrayed in some light in the movie Dear White People, from the dreaded chicken and waffles to how much time and effort black people put into their hair, no stone was left unturned. All though some interactions seem unauthentic, like the exchange between Sam and Coco at the end of the pastiche party,…show more content…
Rather it is being with between Reggie and Sam, Lionel and George, or Troy and Sofia, all these relationships have a critical flaw in that the men use their partners for personal gain. A subtle savior complex is inadvertently given to Gab, a white male character, who has the only healthy romantic relationship in the movie. All though the film calls out many stereotypes, like educated black people being the villain in black cinematography, it still manages to fall a victim to the princes charming mantra that is overly repeated in
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