With exactly one week before Donald Trump takes over the highest office in America, ABC had the great audacity to have its writers tackle what I believe to be one of the most powerful segments.
In a nutshell, Dre (Anthony Anderson) is part of an ad agency who instead of working on a major pitch became enthralled in talking about the results of the election. When he was questioned about not saying a word and whether he loved his country (America) or not, he succinctly delivered these poignant words that I’ve transcribed precisely…
“I love this country even though at times it doesn’t love me back. For my whole life my parents, my grandparents, me, for most black people, this system has never worked for us. But we still play ball, tried to do our best to live by the rules even though we knew they would never work out in our favor, had to live in neighborhoods that you wouldn’t drive through, send our kids to schools with books so beat up you couldn’t read them, work jobs that you wouldn’t consider in your nightmares.”
“Black people wake up everyday believing our lives are gonna change even though everything around us says it’s not. Truth be told, you ask most black people and they tell you no matter who won the election, they don’t expect the hood to get better. But they still voted because that’s what you’re supposed to do.”
“You think I’m not sad that Hillary didn’t win? That I’m not terrified about what Trump’s about to do? I’m used to things not going my way. I’m sorry that you’re not and it’s blowing your mind, so excuse me if I get a little offended because I didn’t see all of this outrage when everything was happening to all of my people since we were stuffed on boats in chains. I love this country as much — if not more — than you do. And don’t you ever forget that.”
I truly believe that this episode of Black-ish immediately made people pause, reflect, and vow internally to not only do better but be better and, for that, I am grateful.
Move forward in righteousness XOX♥