Who’s Afraid Of The Big Black Man?

Matthew Inserra

Myers Period 3

11/17/16

Are You Afraid of a Black Man?

The 2016 episode of Blackish “Who’s afraid of the big black man?” Dre, the main character, struggles with the transition of the way society perceives him now in comparison to his childhood. The episode show the transition from Dre’s childhood when it was much more racist to now through Dre’s sensitivity to the world around him. Throughout the episode we see the different viewpoints on how society sees racism. Whether it’s black vs white, black vs black the societal thought are completely different.

Initially, the contrast in thoughts between races is totally different. the episode begins with Dre talking about the way the society does their part for the community and that is what makes America great. After this, Dre opens the elevator at this office and sees a little white girl by herself. He proceeds to take the stairs to his office. In the office he and his coworkers talk about what his options were, either helping the girl or letting her be. Dre believes that by letting her go he has saved himself the embarrassment of the girl and maybe her parents thinking he is big and scary or even a threat. In his point of view if Dre would have helped the young girl find her mom the girl would have been freaked out and the mom could have thought he was a threat to her child and might of called the police. Similar to Dre two of his black coworkers see the same little girl alone and react the same. On the contrast his white coworkers think he should have helped the little girl because it is the right thing to do added that he would not be seen as a threat or get in trouble.

On the contrary, the viewpoint of black vs black in also very different. When Dre goes home and shows the footage of him not helping the girl to his wife, Rainbow, and father he gets two very different responses. Rainbow thinks he’s crazy and he should have helped the little girl while his father think he did the right thing. These show two very different viewpoints for black people. Rainbow is a middle aged women who believes that society has changed since Dre was a kid and nobody would have a problem with him helping the little girl. On the other hand, Dre’s father believes he did the right thing. He is an older man who grew up in a very different time and he still has his traditional values on how society view him and the rest of the black race. In addition at the end of the episode Dre, his son, Junior, and his brother-in-law Johan are driving home an intoxicated white women home from a party when Dre gets pulled over. Dre’s initial reaction is to get out of the car and run. This is due to him thinking he is stealing of is a huge threat to the drunk white women is the passenger seat. Johan and Junior think that he is crazy and believe the cop will do no harm. This is another example of the difference in viewpoints between blacks. Johan and Junior two younger people believe they are safe. This viewpoint seems to be the trend among younger blacks throughout the episode. Dre on the other hand believes differently. Dre is middle aged which may affect his view on this topic similar to his father’s viewpoint.

Throughout the episode he see example of different viewpoints on racism. This may be between white and black or blacks and blacks. The viewpoints could be because they are younger and do not see the racism or because the are white and do not go through it but one thing is for sure and that there are two every different viewpoint that could be looked at from either side.