The third season of Netflix’s Dear White People is finally here, and while we’re still roaming Winchester’s fictional ivy league halls with all our favorite students, things are a bit different now. In its first season, DWP was making its presence known as the socially aware conversation starter for the underrepresented (i.e. this is what “woke” looks like). In its second, it delved deeper into its many proposed theses by giving a face to the opposing arguments and broadening the scope of that conversation. Now, in its third season, titled Volume 3, it’s pumping the brakes a little. Not enough to be considered backtracking, but certainly enough to make these new episodes feel less … intense. We are at that stage, people. This is where we go from stating our thesis and hearing each other’s arguments to discussing the practical application of this data. In other words, is your “wokeness” still working, or is it working against you?
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