The recent premiere of the FX reality series “Black. White.,” which aired March 8, proves that certain white people still view black people in America as a threat to society.
It is hard for black people to make it in a society that views them as incompetent and threatening.
I am pleased to see a TV program that deals with this cultural issue.
The series documents the transformation of two families who trade places racially by using extensive makeup.
The black Sparks family became white and the white Wurgel family became black. In the first two episodes the Sparks family captures the thoughts of some white people toward blacks.
In the premiere episode, the father Brain Sparks got a job as a bartender while appearing white.
During his workshift, a white male patron he talked with said his community is extremely safe because it isn’t integrated- therefore making it a great place to raise children.
It wasn’t a surprise to see the groundbreaking series reveal a white man admitting to another white man that a non-black community is a perfect neighborhood.
Because it is a comment that would never been said in the present of black people.
If the white customer suggested that a black person moving into a neighborhood could causes a threat to the safety of a community, he would probably believe a black person moving into a corporate job would be a threat to the company.
In another episode of “Black. White.,” the mother, Renee Sparks, had an experience of racial profiling when she met a racist white customer in the same bar while she wasn’t wearing white makeup.
The white man said blacks prefer to be dumb and if blacks were to assimilate to the white culture, their life would be better.
This man had no respect for the black culture because of his suggestion of blacks to abandon their culture to be better off in American society.
It is sad to know that some white people assume that all black people are uneducated if they do not incorporate the white culture as their own.
“Black. White.” proves that racism is still alive in America. It is a series that you should make a priority to watch on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
Sarita Fleurantin is a junior public relations student from Fort Lauderdale. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.