The TV show black-ish is a comedy that usually features lots of jokes about the hapless father versus the smart-as-a-whip wife, who also finds time to be a doctor while the duo raise a gaggle of four kids. black-ish has the Jesus-loving grandmother and the used-to-be-a-player grandfather, finding themselves in funny situations in the sitcom each week. However, the episode of black-ish that aired on Wednesday, February 24, has certainly struck a nerve and has given the Internet “the feels.”
Spoiler alert: It was the following black-ish scene, with Dre (Anthony Anderson) explaining to his black-ish wife, Tracee Ellis Ross (daughter of the famous Diana Ross), how the whole world of black folks felt when the Obamas got out of their bullet-proof vehicle and strolled along waving to the crowds shortly after Mr. Obama became president. Indeed, there was a collective holding of the breath to see the couple walking seemingly out in the open, with unspeakable fears felt by many who watched them — even if all sorts of Secret Service detail might have been stationed in places the public can only guess.
That’s why Twitter and Facebook are buzzing about black-ish. Twitter reports that #blackish is a top trending item as of this writing, and with a poignant scene that crossed into real-life emotions, it’s not hard to tell why black-ish was so profound.
Despite the heavy drama contained in the black-ish episode, with Anderson’s character offering a counterbalance to Ross’ character, there were moments of comedic relief interspersed throughout. The youngest black-ish kids couldn’t believe the adults kept trying to hide such a serious topic as police brutality from their little ears, while their dad had to convince their mom that she couldn’t shield them from the world’s problems forever.
“Between gossip blogs, the internet and 24-hour news, it’s become impossible to control what our kids see. And they’re naturally curious. At some point, whether we like it or not, our kids are going to ask [hard] questions that we have to answer.”
That’s when the black-ish grand-matriarch stepped in afterward with the lesson for the young kids to say “Yes, Sir” or “No, Sir” and “Thank you, Sir” if confronted with a police officer, leaving folks to wonder why the assumption would be made that the police officer would always be a male.
Nevertheless, the depth of the black-ish episode as it spoke of the plethora of police brutality cases that litter the news offered a balanced perspective. The case at the center of the black-ish episode featured a 17-year-old who was going 90 MPH with a gun in his vehicle, and those points were argued throughout the show.
Anderson’s character was deemed slightly hypocritical for calling most cops bad, and black-ish cut to a scene of him calling the police and hiding under the covers each time he heard a wayward noise.
The fact that the wealthy African-American family argued over what to eat as their take-out meal — with votes against sushi, PF Chang’s, and other fare — offered a perspective not often seen when blacks are portrayed on TV. The running joke that the black-ish family would end up getting Chipotle like they always do was offset by the fact that protests brewing prevented them from getting their favorite Chipotle fare.
Instead of allowing “junior” to go off into the midst of the protests alone, almost the entire family decided to join the protests, with the grand-matriarch choosing to stay home and spray-paint the beautiful garage door with the wording that let potential rioters know it was a black-owned home.
People called the special episode a must-watch episode of Black-ish.
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