So, before I begin, let me say that this post isn’t a review of Kenya Barris‘ BlackAF. I mean, even though the show gave me some chuckles, I can see how some people may be resistant to it. In any case, I’m actually here to flambé the folks on social media who are too “woke” for their own good. Listen, before the dumb get dumber, please understand that Rashida Jones is a mixed race woman playing a mixed race woman.
Ok, for those who missed it, there’s a fake “issue” permeating its way through the social media accounts of a few individuals. Now, for some reason, there is a minority faction upset about the fact that Jones is one of the faces for Barris’ show. Apparently, her role on BlackAF is somehow holding Black people back in Hollywood. Never mind the fact that her dad is Quincy Jones and she’s actually HALF BLACK!
*Sigh* I swear, dummies just always want to be outraged by something. Look, there is absolutely nothing nefarious about a mixed race woman playing a mixed race woman. Like, who the fuck else was supposed to play that type of role? A White woman wearing blackface? A Black woman pretending to be mixed? The hilarious thing is, I’d bet money that a lot of the people who are trying to protect the “culture” also jam out to her father’s music. Shit, he’s provided the soundtrack to our lives for over 60 years.
In the end, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: shutting the fuck up is free. Ultimately, Black people have real issues to deal with in this world. Frankly, Rashida Jones playing a mixed race woman is not one of them, son. By and by, Black folks are not a monolith. At the end of the day, being Black can mean an infinite amount of things. The way I see it, Jones is actually being her authentic self by acknowledging that she’s biracial. So, if anyone is going to critique the show, do so based on the content. Not on some archaic idea of what’s Black. That is all. LC out.