Dear White People. My newest binge.

Dear White People portrays Sam (portrayed by Logan Browning), a young social activist who hosts a radio talk show called, you guessed it, Dear White People. It focuses on the students of Winchester University with the main characters coming from the ‘Armstrong-Parker House’ which is historically an all-black place of residence. Here we find our main characters face multiple racial and social issues creating important discussions. The characters are of all identities so the viewer sees the issues on multiple levels. Along with this we also get to witness all the behind-the-scenes of their personal lives.

The story is narrated by an unknown character who helps guide the viewer to “look closely” and help the viewer follow the characters and multiple story-lines.

Hello, the writers of this program are depending on my ethnic but non-threatening voice to explain things they are too lazy to set up traditionally.

Narrator – Dear White People S1:E1

As this is the first line of the show it sets the tone of comedic satire the show is centred on. This said the show does deal with important issues with race. The first season alone handles a black-face party, campus police abusing their power, gun violence and the politics behind the university.

Sam (Logan Browning) Season 3

Dear White People includes all my favourite parts of television. As the viewer, you’re faced with very different multi-faceted characters who are communicating difficult but important issues. The use of comedy and drama help the viewer learn more about the world than they realise. I found myself genuinely interested in all the characters points of view and how these issues affected them. Unbeknown to the viewer Dear White People has a mystery element. I won’t give too much away but two of the characters come across a bigger organisation changing the game for season three. Plus there is romance and I’m a sucker for a good romance.

From what I’ve watched previously I haven’t found a show like this one yet. In the day and age of teen dramas and crime shows plaguing Netflix, it was interesting to see this storyline make an appearance. It comes at no better time with all that is happening around the world. It’s nice to see a show that’s not only entertaining but teaching tolerance and facing important issues.

Left to Right: Rashid (Jeremy Tardy), Kelsey (Nia Jervier), Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson), Al (Jemar Michael) and Reggie (Marque Richardson).

The first two seasons I binged in 3 days. I was hooked and spent way too much time not sleeping at night watching episode after episode. After doing some reading on the show I found out the show had previously been a film in 2014 that didn’t do quite so well from the articles I read. As I haven’t seen the film myself I understand that the TV show was the way to go, I couldn’t think of how the writers would be able to get all the plotlines and character arcs in a 2-hour time limit.

With each episode in the first two seasons it focuses around one character. What I really enjoyed in season one is that all the 10 episodes were in a short time frame but were through the eyes of the different characters so we get to see how the same situation is dealt with in different circumstances and opinions.

Season three changes it up. A lot of the plot that was built up in season two seems to disappear. The characters all seem to fall away from what their main focus was and change completely. I don’t want to give to much away but it did seem a little flat and confusing. Half way through the season it does pick up again and I have faith in season four.

Sam (Logan Browning) Season 1

So why is this show so under the radar? Nearly none of my friends had heard of this Netflix original. With season three just being dropped, which at the time was 3 days after I decided to binge it (we love a good coincidence), I found that hardly anyone knew it was coming. With Netflix heavily promoting all their other shows and even ones that aren’t Netflix originals like Riverdale, why not showcase one of their best? I searched through Twitter and nearly everyone who did watch the show didn’t even know the show had dropped.

With the show’s whole purpose being to educate on the opportunities lost to the black students in ‘Armstrong-Parker House’ compared to the white students it feels as if the marketing can’t even understand the issues being raised by their own show. Maybe that is a conversation for another day.

I would love to know if you’ve seen the show or movie. What are your thoughts. If you haven’t seen it are you curious to?

Rai xo