I absolutely loved the movie and the series called “Dear White People”. The writing for both was tight and intelligent. I agree with you 100% on the colorism thing that was happening on the show. I noticed it right away. American entertainment has a history of featuring lighter-skinned Black people, especially Black women. I think the lighter skin seemed to be more acceptable to white people and many Black people adopted that same view. From Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge all the way to present-day cinema & television, the lighter-skinned Black women were always considered to be more beautiful that dark-skinned women. With all of Nina Simone’s talent and intelligence, America was not going to push her to the forefront because of her looks. The entertainment industry was, and is, “color struck” —meaning that the more “European” a person of color looked, the more they were accepted and considered beautiful by white people.
“Dear White People” covered a slew of topics in 10 episodes, and I think that they did it well. As I stated, I noticed the colorism issue on the show. In order for me to enjoy the show, I had to add the colorism issue as one of the intentional, unspoken topics of the show. By having the lead character, Sam, as a mixed-race, lighter-skinned woman, I think that maybe DWP planned it that way to reflect the colorism reality.
As for most other shows and forms of entertainment in America, the colorism issue is still prevalent. The good news is that it seems like the trend is starting to change.