Dear White People is an intelligent satire that oozes common sense
Dear White People deals with bewildering issues of contradictions. Debut director Justin Simien guides this fiery college comedy down a scandalous avenue of continual laughs.
A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, director Simien playfully tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy.
When Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) begins her radio program by declaring that white people will now be required to have two black friends in order to avoid appearing racist, she immediately catches the attention of the all-black residential hall that is being forced out of existence due to diversification.
Subsequently elected president of the hall, Samantha becomes the subject of a reality show that deals with racial issues. Meanwhile, the Winchester University's all-white student newspaper staff mistakenly assumes that young black outcast Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) is an expert on black culture, and recruits him to report on the brewing controversy.
Dear White People could've quite easily fallen into a pit of being too centralised on matters of race, politics and social issues regarding the narrative. Yet, it manages to perfectly guide itself past all those obstacles to gives us an accurate insight with a humorous heartbeat that is sumptuously executed by Simien and his cast. Dear White People is an intelligent satire that oozes common sense.