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What I like about this show is not actually how it exposes racism - because if you are not white, there is absolutely nothing new about it - but how it brings white people to the edge of their cognitive dissonance.
When they can’t argue anymore, their reactions shift from “that black kid probably did something suspicious” to “I would never do something this racist!”, “Not all white people are the same, it is racist to all lump us together!!” Coming from people who will NEVER be discriminated against because of the color of the skin, yet take part in the dehumanisation of brown bodies, this one always makes me laugh. That unease to confront the possibility that they too are just as vile as the racist people on the show is always amazing to watch. How could they be?? After all they are white and white people are always the goodies, are always irreproachable, are always the saviours, are always superior in every aspect of human existence (beauty, art, culture, science and so on). This is what you learn from living in this world, it is constantly reminding to you by the media, the white-washed history you were taught and the eurocentric system of values!! Hence those horrible act of racism can only be the acts of a very tiny minority of ‘lost’ white people and that huge majority of brown people who are hateful and angry at white people for absolutely no reason and should get over it because racism is in the past and no real white person can do all those horrible things and even if they did, PoC have done ten times worse. These are the typical excuses you get from white people: Racism is over/in the past and other races are just as horrible. Well this way of thinking, just like whiteness, is TOTALLY IRRATIONAL, but it makes sense when you carry in you the germs of white supremacy and your whole environment keep reassuring you into it.
This is the egde of white cognitive dissonance and the ultimate privilege of whiteness: the inability to see white people as anything other than inherently good and hence unquestionable. The inability for white people to realise how deeply entrenched into white supremacy their whole existence and beings are, how each of their individual actions are ones of many that contribute to brown lives being crushed all around the world and white supremacy to be sustained.
So if you are white and the first thing that comes to your mind while watching the show is “I would never do something as racist”, well think again because chances are that you would because you are just as racist as the people on the show. You can’t get rid or distance yourself from something you are unable to acknowledge.