I’ve spent four years writing about life as a black nerd and analyzing pop culture through that lens, and now the moment of truth is here.
There’s the dope deal gone bad movie. The coming of age in the ’hood movie, which inevitably is a crime drama. The Very Important Race Message movie. The adolescent comedy movie, which often involves some version of a virginity movie featuring a girl as sex object – and that happens in Dope in gratuitous, scolding fashion. And there’s the morality of the afterschool special.
Ultimately, I didn’t know its message or its target, except to yell, “We’re not all the same.” In these times, conversations about race can be more sophisticated than that; mine are every day, even with folks who aren’t as conscious/knowledgeable on race stuff.
But, hey, it’s a start.