Racism In Sam's Dear White People

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Samantha White is portrayed as a multiracial, heterosexual female. Sam is the creator of the Dear White People radio show that she uses to call out various forms of racism and express her disgust of racial stereotypes. Although she is multiracial, Sam only refers to herself as being black while completely ignoring her white heritage. She openly expresses her blackness but is occasionally accused of overcompensating by her black friends because of this. One example of this is when Sam’s friend Gabe refers to her as a mulatto, which is a racially offensive word used to describe a person of mixed white and black ancestry. Although Sam’s character depiction is nothing like this, the “Tragic Mulatto” character portrays people of mixed-race as depressed …show more content…
Troy was the head of house of Armstrong Parker before Sam took over and his father is the dean of students. Troy is portrayed as wealthy and privileged due to his father’s position, which makes him appealing to the rich white kids on campus as a result. Troy, like Coco, also tries to assimilate whiteness by acting down to earth and non-threatening while being friends with the racist Kurt and dating his sister, Sophie, who are the children of the university’s president. It is revealed that Troy’s father wants him to date Sophie in order for him to one-up the president who looks down upon the dean because he is black. Troy’s original perception is significantly impacted by the choices his father makes for him. In order to combat the years of racial stereotypes of black people, Dean Fairbanks has modeled his son into the “ideal” black person that can be respected by both whites and blacks. Troy wishes to be a comedy writer but his father forces him to abandon his dreams and be something he is not. His loss of identity contributes to his assimilation and dissociation of black reality. After realizing that he has a right to control his life, Troy stands up to his father, dissociates himself from people like Kurt, and joins the Black Student …show more content…
Racism is the main theme of the film and I think various forms, such as appropriation and structural racism, are brought to attention in a way that enlightens and educates others who may have been the perpetrator of these acts. However, forms of oppression such as heterosexism and class seem to be glossed over. In the case of heterosexism, Lionel is the only main character in the film who is gay. There were very few scenes in the film that reminded the audience of the presence of the gay community on campus. The LGBTQ community, especially in the last decade, has grown significantly on college campuses and I believe there should be a far more significant amount of people from that community shown in the film. The subject of classism is brought up in the film but not all social and economic classes are represented. The main class represented is the upper-middle class. This is because Winchester University is a prestigious college and everyone going there would have to be relatively wealthy in order to pay tuition. Coco is the only character in the film that is perceived to be of a lower class than the majority of other students. I believe that the film addresses how one’s class can influence their life and how they are perceived by others but in a somewhat stereotypical manner. Troy, being the most privileged of the four main characters, is originally perceived as ignorant to the racial tension circulating

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