Netflix’s Dear White People is currently at the forefront of an ongoing movement. A long overdue conversation is being had, and TV has been responsible for shining a light on some of its most important topics – in particular, equal representation. As I see it, the leaders of this modern-day inclusion revolution include the likes of Issa Rae, Donald Glover, Jerrod Carmichael and Justin Simien, the creator of the aforementioned Netflix series, among others. In the past, anyone who was any combination of non-straight and non-white and made it into the TV world was more than likely a token character, usually placed there by the powers that be so that they could say, “See? We’re inclusive!” In recent years that purpose has changed, from pandering to white guilt to telling the actual stories of the POC being represented. There have been many soldiers in this battle, but the heaviest hitters have been shows like Insecure, Atlanta, The Carmichael Show and, of course, Dear White People.
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