Since Netflix released the trailer for Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” mainly white social media users have criticized it as anti-white.
Folks tweeted that the show, which premiered on Friday, represents a double standard in how America discusses race.
“Can you imagine the outrage if there was a show called ‘Dear Black People’,” Twitter user Brandon Groeny asked. “Cities would burn. This anti-white rhetoric needs to stop.”
Others echoed Groeny’s sentiment, ignoring the overwhelmingly white landscape of mainstream television.
On Sunday, following the 10-episode series’ Friday release, Reginald McGee, a 21-year-old black man, saw one person’s complaint and imagined what “Dear Black People” would be like if it was a real show on Sunday.
“Dear Black People... I’m sorry for our history of oppression and genocide,” he shared with a screenshot of a tweet from a critic of the show.
McGee told BuzzFeed News that his tweet was intended to help the Twitter user understand the role racism plays in this country and calling the show a “double standard” is an ahistorical cop-out.
“The media has always been ‘Dear Black People,’” he said. “’Dear black people, speak correct English,’ ‘dear black people, stop being thugs and go to school,’ ‘dear black people get off government assistance and get a job.’”
He added that those who believe that there’s a double standard need to watch the series, which has a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as of Wednesday morning. He also noted that the show actually does include a introspective lens into black people’s intraracial issues
McGee’s tweet, which has been retweeted more than 30,000 times, prompted other users to follow suit in imagining what “Dear Black People” would be like.
Largely thanks to this effort, “Dear Black People” began trending shortly after.
Yet again, “Dear White People” is getting the last laugh.