Originally Published on HeartsConverse.com.
Let me put you on to your next favorite film.
On Friday March 21, I saw an advanced screening of Dear White People at the Lincoln Center in New York. The film portrays the black student population at a fictional ivy-league school called Winchester University. The protagonist Samantha Price is a fire-starting film student. And her radio show Dear White People has caused quite the stir on campus.
The film is dressed in satire about “being a black face in a white space.” Before the movie was played, director Justin Simien gave this disclaimer to white people in the audience: “On behalf of all the black people in the world, you most definitely have permission to laugh.”
Although this is a fictional account, the art showcased closely mirrors the present-day racism on college campuses in the U.S. as well as abroad. Many of these news stories don’t make the national news and are forgotten about. As more and more African-American students make their way onto these campuses, the feeling of breaking away from one world, is met with the constraints in another world.
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