If you’re a Black person who’ve attended a PWI (predominantly white institution), you might empathize with some of the experiences depicted in Dear White People.
Dear White People is a satirical take on the racial issues that permeate the collegiate culture at PWIs. What started as a script based on the based on the experiences of Justin Simien and a trailer, it became an Indiegogo project that managed to raise $40,000, surpassing its $25,000 goal. It was met with critical acclaim.
The unexpected election of activist Samantha White as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks, son of the university’s dean, defies his father’s lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college’s influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins, an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture—a subject he knows little about—while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV.
But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche’s outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its “unleash your inner Negro” theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side.
Tyler James Williams – Lionel Higgins
Tessa Thompson – Samantha “Sam” White
Brandon P Bell – Troy Fairbanks
Dennis Haysbert – Dean Fairbanks
Teyonah Parris – Colandrea “Coco” Conners
Director/Writer/Producer – Justin Simien
Executive Producer – Stephanie Allain
Producer – Effie Brown
Dear White People is available for purchase here.
Source: Dear White People‘s Official Site