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Month: November 2020

Tess Keating 11/30

In the movie Dear White People we saw a representation of a predominantly white University where the black community was struggling with instances of racism and exclusion. I think that this movie would be great for all college students to watch because it really opened my eyes to how one’s actions can make someone feel. The example that the movie gave of how it is actually offensive to be fascinated by black peoples hair. This is something I never really thought about, but it makes sense that it would make someone uncomfortable to be treated like they are so different, and as the movie stated like a “human zoo.” I think the most important thing for everyone is just awareness and education. It is sad, but a lot of times people offend people of color without exactly realizing. 

Being a college student I think that the best thing that we can do to make everyone feel welcomed is to keep the conversation open and help each other learn and be open. Movies like this are a great way to do that. 

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Margot Roussel Blog Post 11-30

After watching Dear White People I was surprised by how much the characters fought and hid the race of their parents. This idea that you were somehow not black enough if you were mixed was a strong these throughout the movie. This is seen in the dean’s son and in Sam. I have never understood the argument that having a white parent somehow makes you less black. I understand that it can make you light skin and have a bit more privilege, but it is a matter of how you identify. This relates to the common theme throughout the movie of not white enough for the white kids or black enough for the black kids. I think this is a problem that is faced by many mixed kids and society as a whole has not yet figured out how to address it.

Additionally, I was really intrigued by how the movie commented on sexuality. Lionel was also kind of isolated from the black community because he didn’t feel like his sexuality was accepted. I thought a really interesting scene was when he was sitting on the steps and watched a boy go from one group of mostly white people where his sleeves were rolled up in a more feminine style to unrolling and puffing out his shirt to look baggy with the other group. This short moment showed what he was going through and his internal debate to conform to the group or not.

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9/30 Post

The movie “Dear White People” brought up greater arguments and tensions surrounding racial inequality and injustices. Institutions, colleges, and other corporations have simply not been doing their part to make minority students feel welcome and included. The movie shows this statement perfectly. In this movie, the fictional Winchester University is an example of a school with a predominantly white student body that does not respect African American culture. The Halloween party at the end of the movie was when the African American students finally stood up for themselves and declared that they are not going to be racially profiled anymore. 

A lot of the powerful messages that were portrayed in this film are incredibly applicable to colleges and college life today. For example our institution, the University of Richmond lacks heavily in integrating students of minorities. For the most part, people stick to their groups. In the movie the housing was certainly the worst and most segregated aspect of the University. While things are not still that bad today, it is an exaggerated example of the truth. To keep up with the recent times, this is something that definitely needs to be addressed. People need to realize that a lot of the time things they are doing or saying are offensive and cross the line. I hope our University and other Universities across the country can learn to integrate and include minorities better.

 

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11/30 Post

I think taking a deeper look at the movie Dear White People is especially important for college students.  This movie opens people up to the idea that conforming to a stereotype makes people more successful.  I never really thought about conformity like this.  I wondered why people would continue to conform to be the person they are supposed to be rather than the person they want to be, but this movie provides a good reason for conforming.  Conforming to society sends you down a path that is already paved.  it is an easy way to become successful even if it is not your way.  That being said, People see success as a clear cut thing all too often, so that is what it becomes.  I never really thought that conforming to what people think you should be will lead to success, but this movie shows how it does. 

I also like how the movie shows the people who oppose conformity.  I think it is interesting how these people naturally stick out just because they act like themselves rather than the person they are supposed to conform to be.  The way Dear White People develops the non conformist characters makes me wonder if this is a possible solution to the growing problem of conformity.  Movies can make these people seem unique and successful in their own way, which may lead more people to create their own path.  It is important to see that success comes in many forms.  People conform to find success, but in reality success can be found in other ways.  Success can be achieved by finding your own path and living a life that brings happiness to you and others.  Money and tangible items lure people to follow conformity, but these things should not trump the value of finding your own path.  This point is a deeper dive into one aspect of the movie, but I think it is extremely important.

 

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Christopher Wilson 11/30 Blog Post

The film Dear White People did a fair job addressing several social conflicts students- both white and non-white- face at elite institutions. In fact, Winchester University is very similar to Richmond in that their college house system relates to the white Greek culture at Richmond. Secondly, the amount of underrepresented populations is only a fraction of the student body population. Lastly, the administration at Winchester University does its best to keep a perfect image of their university so that their donor base expands rather than shrinks. While I may not have named all the ways Winchester University resembles Richmond, Dear White People criticizes what elite institutions pride themselves on. For instance, Richmond prides itself on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), yet if you look at the student of color percentage on campus, it is still deficient. Plus, many students of color have reported not feeling as though they belong to the larger campus community, which affects their retention and persistence rates.

 

Beyond this, Dear White People also sheds light on something that does not get talked about frequently: the diversity of Black people. There has been this historical myth that all Black people are the same and that when groups of black people congregate, they must be engaging in some form of advocacy that will result in inequality for white people. This mythos probably derived from colonial Americans’ origins of enslaving Africans, perpetuated by racism and discrimination. Furthermore, from my perspective as a Black person, what this results in is that it causes division in the Black community as we are then coerced to “fit” into some identity that contradicts white people’s assumption of us. In response, I wonder how we can dismantle myths such as this so that products of white supremacy are discontinued instead of infused with more elements that work to oppress and suppress underrepresented populations in America.

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Julia Leonardi.. 11/30/2020

It was interesting watching Dear White People because I had watched it a few years back just because it looked interesting. The film is extremely relevant and the topics within it are so important to be brought to light. I think that the people who made this were very smart in the way that they marketed it and the way they created it. The name of the movie is very attention-grabbing itself. The name is quite open, and it implies a divide, and it can cause white people to feel offended and draw them to click on the movie. I also think it is important that this movie was targeted towards teens, college students, and overall young people. I think this is an overall good thing because younger people tend to be more open-minded, and they can become inspired to make a change when they are in positions of power in the future. If this movie was targeted towards older people, I don’t think it would’ve been as effective.

Someone that really spoke to me in the movie was the hiring of the Dean and President of the University. Choosing the white man over the men of color to be in positions of power is something that happens every day. This is something that is infinitely harmful to communities of color. People grow up and see that the only people that can be in power are white men and it harms people’s potentials. It is sad to see that people of color will be more qualified and still lose the job to the white man because of racial bias.

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Blog post for 11/30

           Dear White People is a movie that shows us a predominantly white university and the struggles the black population goes through and the discrimination they have to face. This movie does justice in showing the harsh realities black college students have to face when it comes to going to a university that contains mostly white students. This movie also shows how white people want to use black culture without respecting the black community and without having to face the bad side of being black. Sam shows no hesitation when she starts her radio show, she calls out her fellow white classmates and professors for being racist or for participating in racist actions.
Dear White People had a clear message and was very relevant, especially to me since I am a black person going to a pwi. This movie shows how white people take certain aspects of black identity, as in the fun aspects of black culture, or the parts that will benefit them. The movie also shows how black people are always being criticized for everything they do, a white person could do the same thing and wouldn’t get criticized or atleast would not be criticized as harshly as a black person would. I believe that everyone should watch Dear White People so they can begin to educate themselves on what is happening in the world today, and to make it known that there is still racism everywhere we go.

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Blogpost 14 (11/30)

The movie “Dear White  People” shows the segregation, tension, and even hate between the black and white communities. In Winchester University we see the discrimination black students face and  It also highlights the role media plays in showing and shaping people’s views towards the black community; for example, we see this in the scene where the students were objecting to Hollywood representation of the black community and saying that it is stereotypical and incorrect. We still see this representation of minority and marginalized groups in media and it is not only limited to the black community but also to other racial minorities. 

 

I found that this movie brought to attention many things that a lot of white people are not aware of. For example, in one of the scenes, Sam raises the issue of white people touching black people’s hair and finding it interesting as it might be seen as unnatural. Many people do this nowadays, where they try to approach other people’s hair to show interest; they do not see how this could be offensive as they do not know the history behind it. The “forgotten history of human zoos”, we see this in the movie as white people romanticize and even sometimes fetishize black culture but not even try to dig deep and understand the struggle.

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Post for 11/30

In the movie Dear White People, there is an obvious problem of black against white. A lot of the arguments and issues they have through the movie always seem to come back to it being a race issue. While race is definitely a factor, so is privilege. The way it is portrayed, the black students seem to have a problem with everything and the white students don’t think there is much of a problem at all. A lot of it has to do with privilege. The privileged, who would be the white students don’t think it is that big of deal and don’t see the issues having anything to do with race. The is symbolic of the issue of privilege in the first place. Those who are privileged tend not to notice it and recognize that they benefit from it. In this case, many of the students benefit off of white privilege. However, there are examples that there isn’t just white privilege, there is class privilege as well. The characters Coco and Troy are black and come from families with money. In some cases, they don’t think the issues are about black and white because they benefit from the privilege of coming from money. Their privilege blinds them from seeing that race is as important of a factor as many of the black students argue it to be.

The stereotypes that are portrayed are obviously very dramatic and excessive. Even though the characters are doing it on purpose, we still relate to it in some way because they are based on stereotypes that exist in our culture. By portraying the stereotypes this way, it works as a mockery of them to show how ridiculous they are. In the introduction of the movie, the screen showed different groups of people and the groups in which they were associated with. Throughout the movie, you see that almost everyone belongs to a group of some sort. In the beginning, the character Lionel didn’t have any organization to claim and that presented a problem to him. The way that people were so strict to stick by what was expected of them or the group in which they were affiliated with made me think of the song Stick to the Status Quo in High School Musical. In that movie it was about social groups and not race, but it still applies. 

Each group had expectations of how they expected each other group to be, and that was their downfall. They couldn’t get over their assumptions of each other and they couldn’t communicate because of it. In real life it isn’t as obvious as it is portrayed to be, but this problem still exists, even if we may not realize it on a subconscious level.

 

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Blog Post 10/30

Dear White People is a film focusing on the racial tensions between black and white people. The film is located in a fictional world on the campus of Winchester University. The main character Samantha White is an African American woman, who had just been excepted into Winchester, a predominantly white college. The movie portrays Sam’s experience and difficulties of being a black woman as she tries to find herself in her new environment while being confronted by stereotypes and racial tension.

I found this film to be very relevant to today’s society. Racism is a term that is often thrown around and its meaning can be often be lost especially by the people who are not experiencing it. This film helps with understanding what is considered right and wrong. There are instances when a white person thinks they are doing something harmless while in reality a black person finds it offensive toward them. I think it is always important to surround myself with movies and media such as this that take me out of my comfort zone. In order to truly understand what someone else is experiencing, I need to be able to humble myself and educate myself on the world around me.

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Post 11/30

Dear White People is an insightful drama that gives us a portrayal of a primarily all-white university and the discriminatory experiences of the black population within it. I believe this film takes an unconventional way of illustrating the discrimination faced by black students. It is relatively blunt and direct when addressing the racism the black students face from the white students. I think this bluntness was an effective strategy as we have discussed the importance of the media in making Americans more aware of our society’s racial issues. This film did a good job at combining a plotline that engages young viewers with a relevant commentary about the life of college students but also fills the plot with heavy, yet common issues faced by black students in America’s colleges today.  In today’s society, our media must find a way to get audiences hooked and entertained by a film while also remaining informative and eye-opening. Although this film was insightful, I watched this Netflix series when it first came out, and it seemed that only my friends that were already aware of the issues of racism and were extremely against it were the ones watching the series. Did this TV series really reach the audiences it needed to?

Also, in this film, the party illustrates the common occurrence of white people romanticizing black culture without respecting it. White people often only recognize black culture when it is convenient for them – such as participating in black music, clothing, food, etc. When Coco states that the white people at the party don’t care about Harriet Tubman she is alluding to the problematic issue that these people weren’t hosting this party to respect the black culture, it was a mockery. The white population accepts the material aspects of the black culture with ease, but lack the recognition of the deeper history of the culture. They aren’t glorifying the culture out of appreciation and attempting to assimilate white culture with black culture to have a sense of pluralism. Instead,  the party is simply utilizing black culture for the attendee’s own benefit.

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Stein Blog Post 11/29/2020

The movie Dear White People was extremely relevant to 2020 and the racial reckoning this country could be experiencing. When Sam starts her radio show, she does not hesitate to call her white classmates out for racist actions even if they are small. The fact that the white students and faculty don’t support her is one thing; however, their animosity towards her shows something more cynical about White people’s relationship with racism.

 

While Black people often have a clear understanding of what is and is not racist, white people will often craft definitions of racism that exclude their own actions from being racist. When White people do this, they make themselves very unwelcoming to their actions being labeled as racist. These actions often include micro aggressions such as asking about a Black women’s hair or commenting on a Black person’s intelligence. In the movie, one action that many white people do not see as racist but Sam does is the pervasive “White” culture at the school. Indeed, she challenges White people at the school to make two Black friends. The White students and faculty do not respond well to this as evidenced by the black face party at the end of the film.

One of the more interesting parts of this movie to me was the existence of an all-Black residence hall. In the film, the school administration attempts to get rid of the race restrictions on the hall in order to include diversity; however, some Black students don’t respond positively to this effort. In their opinions, the existence of an all-Black residence hall empowers Black students rather than oppress them. I understand where both sides come from in this story. The administration believes that the only way to increase diversity at the school is to mix the residence halls. However, is mixing communities the right thing to do if the minority group is asking not to be mixed in? In my opinion there needs to be a balance. At Winchester, Sam is clear that the “White” culture is not only popular but it is pervasive. This would mean that increasing diversity as the administration hopes to would only attempt to assimilate the Black students into the culture of the White students. This is wrong. Therefore, schools that struggle with diversity must find ways to promote pluralism — peaceful coexistence — rather than simply encouraging diversity.

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blog post 11/30

Dear White People offers a new perspective into issues that are still pertinent in today’s society. I personally thought that it was a very effective way of bringing up the conversation on race. In this class we have learned that media plays a large role in contributing to stereotypes, but also has the power to be a great tool at fighting against these stereotypes. It is a less direct way that leaves people more receptive to ideas.

In the same way, the way this film is delivered contributes to its effectiveness. The movie was direct and allowing its message to be clear and prominent. Although I usually don’t like when movies have cliches, I think that they were important to what this movie is trying to get at. Without education, these situations and cliches are very plausible, and attention needs to be brought to the systematic racism in these instances.

I personally think this was a very strong film. Set on a college campus, it is very relevant to our lives as college students and provides more education on how we can avoid unconsciously adding harm. Its power is keeping an important conversation relevant, and addressing it in a receptible manner. It made me want to look into more movies like this to continue educating myself. I went to a boarding school that the student population was not very racially diverse. This was also reflected in the teacher population and was a conversation that we had as a school. It makes me wonder about hiring faculty, and accepting students, and whether race was brought into that decision.

 

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Blog Post 11/30

Dear White People describes many incredibly nuanced and complex black characters, which in terms of looking at race and race relations in America, is something I think the mainstream media often misses. So often, the debate is framed to make all black people seem the same, with the same interests, feelings, and general point of view on life and society. This is something that is explored really well, in my opinion, in this movie. I think its representation of all types of black characters and the unique struggles of each individual highlight the stereotyping and homogeniety we so often see depicted in our society, and seeing these different perspectives allow viewers, especially white people, to understand the complexity and nuance in issues with race and racism. Speaking as a white person, I make significant attempts to educate myself on these types of issues, but I will never truly know what it is like to live a day as a black person in America. I really appreciate media that are produced by and depict genuine black points of views, not what white people think the black point of view is or should be. It is easy for someone with limited exposure to racial diversity to assume that, since their black friends are not super involved with the Black Lives Matter movement, most black people are similarly not very passionate about it. On the flip side, another person lacking in access to racial diversity may assume that because they have friends who are very passionate about and active in the Black Lives Matter movement, all black people are equally passionate and active. The lack of black representation in media and black voices in positions of power such as politicians makes it hard for white people, who may have limited exposure to racial diversity depending on where they live, to see that black people are just as different, complex, and individual as any white person is. I think that it is easy for white people, in general, to be able to recognize that just because two people are white, does not mean they have the same hobbies, the same political interests, the same taste in music, or any other number of similarities. This is even seen at national levels; for example, during his campaign, Joe Biden, the decidely less racist presidential candidate, declared that if any black voter did not vote for him, “they ain’t black.” However, the lack of representation and lack of black voices makes it more difficult for the same thing to be seen of people of different races, which is why I believe movies like this are so important to see. If we are attempting to make a space inclusive, I think this is an extremely important part of the discussion that needs to be improved on in the media and otherwise, and I think Dear White People is a great example of where we can start.

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Annie Waters Blog Post 11/30

The way I see it, Dear White People centers its focus primarily on two pervasive themes of modern American racial injustice: the first being the juxtaposition of white Americans’ romanticization of black culture and vilification of black people, and the second being the simultaneous demands of racial assimilation and authenticity that a predominantly white America forces onto its black communities.

The movie weaves instances of fetishization of black culture into the plot throughout its entire development. Kurt comes to the Armstrong dining hall for chicken and waffles, Sophia incorporates AAVE into her conversations with Troy and sexualizes his black identity, and the Bugle editors play with Lionel’s hair like he’s a pet. Meanwhile, these same characters reject the characteristics of black communities that don’t benefit them as white people. For instance, immediately after Kurt praises Armstrong’s black soul food, he complains about the supposed disadvantages that affirmative action places on white students. This theme becomes far more extreme at the Pastiche Halloween party, a parody of Sam’s Dear White People radio show. Among white students dressed in literal blackface and proudly saying the N-word while singing along to rap music, Coco tells Sam that white people love black people’s lips, tans, and curves and that they just wanted to be like them for a night. In reference to black beauty culture, Coco’s not wrong. The white characters in the movie, by clearly problematic methods, tend to embrace a lot of material aspects of black identity. Where she’s wrong lies within white students’ attitudes toward racial issues on campus. While the white students at the party may be celebrating the “fun” aspects of black culture, we can’t forget that the party’s theme was proposed as a parody of Sam’s discussion of the inappropriate racial behaviors of white students at Winchester. While white students love material black culture, they completely reject the notion of a cultural shift to dismantle the university’s pervasive whiteness.

Meanwhile, the movie introduces a complicated narrative of the pressure that white society places on black individuals to racially assimilate. Sam explains this through her differentiation between 100%, Oofta, and Nose Job identities. She explains that to act as 100% is to behave unapologetically black without fear for the response from white society, ooftas adjust their blackness to best cater to their audience at a given time, and nose jobs soften their blackness completely to compensate for white society’s negative assumptions about them. We see all three of these expressions of black identity in different characters. Sam is primarily unapologetic and is seen by some as “blacker than thou,” Troy is depicted as appealing to Pastiche’s vision of his blackness and the university donors’ expectations of assimilation into white culture, and Lionel is seen as “only technically black.” No matter how the black characters in the film express their black identities, they’re somehow criticized for it. These varying standards of racial identity reveal the pervasiveness of the walls within which white society has continuously tried to confine black identity.

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Julia Borger Blog Post 11/30

After watching the film Dear White People, I was overcome with many thoughts and emotions. My main emotion while watching was a deep sense of discomfort, as the film portrayed a very modern way of life on a college campus, one that could have easily been the University of Richmond. Although it definitely dramatized certain aspects for the film, the underlying message was clear- cut and relatable for anyone attending a prestigious university, which I’m assuming was its intended goal – to rethink our established normal way of life from a different perspective.

One aspect of the film that stuck out to me specifically was just the overall bluntness of the messages and dialogue expressed by the characters. I feel like in movies there are certain topics that are very “hush hush”, especially conversations about race or politics, but in this film that was the plot of the entire story itself, so they were able to talk about those controversial topics without censoring or editing the script, which I thought was very enlightening and definitely brought a refreshing aspect to the film.

I also found myself comparing this film to the previous film we watched, Sorry To Bother You, as they both had a very similar structure and intended goal. Both films brought to life the racism we see on an everyday basis, whether in the workforce or in the education system, but did so in a satire way. I think portraying this topic as a satire had a greater impact on those watching than if the film were produced in a serious tone, because it is indeed a very serious topic but because it is told in this way, the content stands out even more. After watching both these films, I was struck by how they touched some of the biggest problems in our society today with a combination of modern elements, allowing the audience to see many different scenarios that are definitely present in their own lives, to a greater extent.

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Dear White People Blog Post

Dear White People was an incredibly enlightening film that possesses various connections and ties to modern-day society and culture. While there are countless examples of Racism in the film, I found the most interesting to be the racial bias that Winchester utilized while hiring the Dean and President of the University. While the two attended the same university, the Dean, a Black man, graduated with honors and outstanding grades whereas the president, a White man, barely graduated. While this scenario is moderately cliche, as the dramatic effect is necessary for films, the principle remains true as there is racial discrimination in the workforce, especially amongst white-collar workers. Historically, Black people have been at a disadvantage and received lower positions and pay than their White counterparts, despite often having reflecting resumes. Also, there have been numerous studies on the influence of names in the workforce, and how racial bias presents itself even with a blind application process. While the country has taken measures to ensure that Black people cannot be discriminated against by unequal pay throughout the job application process; those things continue to endure, putting Black workers at a true disadvantage.

Secondly, I believe that a significant message being conveyed in this story outlines the differences between intention and action. Microaggressions, while not intended to harm POC, can present themselves to be very offensive and frankly, annoying. The conflict at Winchester appeared to be rooted in microaggressions, but the question that I wondered was: were the White people poorly intended, or were they oblivious to the harm that they are causing? To connect the story to my personal life, I often find myself unintentionally committing microaggressions. Whether guessing were people with an accent are from, commenting on someone’s hair, or unintentionally making comments that are offensive; Dear White People opened my eyes to the harms of microaggressions and forced me to look at myself, and spark change. While I am not a racist person and never intend to be racist, I realized that there are instances in time where I have innocently said things that could be taken offensively. While my intentions weren’t bad, the perception of my words could be taken the wrong way, and that was eye-opening to me.

Overall, Dear White People is a wonderful film that provided me with an understanding of how White People can unintentionally cause mental harm to Black people, even if their intentions aren’t meant to do so. Microagressions are a part of society that is often overlooked, but if people make a conscious effort to minimize the number of microaggressions they commit, then society as a whole will feel safer and better off; for people of all color.

 

 

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Jeffrey Sprung Blog Post for 11/30

The movie Dear White People revolves around Samantha White, a black female student at Winchester University, who produces the radio show “Dear White People.” Sam White’s radio show “Dear White People” gains a lot of attention on the campus of Winchester University, a distinguished, predominantly white university, as Sam discusses the racism and segregation between white and black students that takes place at Winchester University. I thought that satire within Dear White People allowed the movie to effectively address systemic racial issues, discrimination, and segregation that takes place on the campus of Winchester University, which represent many issues in society as a whole in today’s world. 

Although I think Dear White People did an excellent job at addressing the problematic racism and discrimination towards black students on college campuses across the country, I unfortunately do not think that Dear White People will help eliminate these race issues that exist on college campuses and society as a whole in today’s world. Dear White People acknowledged many of the stereotypes and racism that takes place on college campuses which will help to bring awareness to these issues, but I don’t think that solely acknowledging these stereotypes and ignorances of white people will allow society to solve these issues and move forward towards racial equality. However, I think that students in college should still be aware of this movie in order to halt these racist acts and stereotypes that can occur on college campuses and beyond. 

Lastly, if I had to criticize one aspect of the film I would criticize the title of the movie as I feel that the title of “Dear White People” falsely implies the fact that all white people perpetuate racism. I completely agree that many white people are racist, but I believe the title of “Dear White People” was too general.

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11/30 Blog Post

After finishing the movie Dear White People, I was able to self reflect. The movie did a great job at sparking conversation about important topics and conversations. The movie presented issues in a seamless way, so that the audience was not too uncomfortable and could understand the situation clearly. The conversations that were brought up in the movie are very apparent on college campuses today. Many students turn a blind eye to the issues on our campuses and pretend as if there is no issue at all. For example, on the University of Richmond campus, students are still fighting for the change in dorm hall names. A few of the dorms are named after racist slave owners of history. The fact that this has not yet been changed, highlights the larger issue at play at the University of Richmond. 

The movie continues the discussion of racism through direct comments on certain issues. Sam acts as the forerunner in addressing hurtful stereotypes such as: Black people don’t tip well, the usage of the “Honorary Black card”, and the stereotype with weed. In fact, Sam calls out one of her friends who was smoking and says, “Stop stereotyping yourself and put that down”. The fact that Sam says this so directly, makes the viewer reflect. I would recommend this movie to people who want to educate themselves regarding race relations. I really liked this movie! 

 

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Blog Post for 11/30/20-Zachary Andrews

Overall I found the movie Dear White People to be very interesting because of its significance in modern-day society.  On top of that, I found the movie’s topic of injustice within the university regarding race and culture to be very powerful. Something that was briefly mentioned in the film was about how the Dean and the President of the university both attended school together. The Dean graduated with honors whereas the President of the university barely graduated yet he has the superior job simply because he is white. I understand that the movie overly emphasized some of the racial aspects seen on college campuses and in other places but it is very unfortunate that many people get more prestigious jobs simply because they are white. Within the job market, white people also tend to make more money even when they work in the same position as a black person. It is unfortunate and unbearable that after years and years of fighting, arguing, protesting, and recognizing problems within our society, that we have not fixed this national problem. This is something that needs to stop because if it does not, then the United States will continue to divide based upon race.

I found this movie to be very relatable because my high school was not racially diverse whatsoever. Numerous events that attacked other races happened that led to students not feeling comfortable at school as well as expulsions for those who were involved. Other students and I ended up inviting in a group of people to attempt to fix our community as well as not be as bias. The problem was that the school board did not like the idea, rather they preferred to sweep the issues under the rug. My group eventually united with my high school’s Black Student Union as well as other groups and together we urged the school to do something about the problem. They then claimed that there was a lack of funding and that the school couldn’t pay for it. In response, we funded the event ourselves to show the school that this was something that the community needs and that they need to listen to their students. Fortunately, the things that happened at my high school were nowhere near as racist as the events in the movie Dear White People.

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