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As our nation celebrated and honored the great Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, one show on television was furthering racial divisions by portraying white police officers as racist bullies who will shoot an innocent little boy just because he’s black, and claiming that racist white business owners are becoming “the new normal.” This, after leaving us with an episode that mocked Christianity before taking their winter break.
The CW’s All American is a high school football drama series that highlights the differences between life in mostly white Beverly Hills as compared to the inner city of Crenshaw, CA. Gentrification was at first the focus of Monday’s episode, “One of Them Nights,” as some of the characters complained about a new fro-yo shop that opened in Crenshaw.
Friends - Store - Female - Owner - Stares
When the young friends, one of whom is white, enters the store, the white female owner continuously casts suspicious stares at them. The star of the show, Spencer (Daniel Ezra), begins to get into a verbal altercation with his little brother, Dillon (Jalyn Hall), causing Dillon to drop his yogurt on the floor. The owner insists that they leave, but Spencer protests, saying he wants to finish buying his little brother a frozen yogurt. The owner responds, “I don't want to have any problems with you people.”
“Us people,” Spencer replies. “You mean the black people in the neighborhood you just moved into?” Rather than make a scene, however, Spencer decides to leave and insists on paying for the yogurt that was spilled, telling the owner it would be the last time she’ll ever get their money. As the group talks about what happened outside of the store, Kia (Asjha Cooper) states, “Chicks like her are becoming the new normal.”
Police - Scene - ID - Pulling
The police then show up on the scene and begin asking to see I.D. before almost pulling...
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