‘Black-ish’ Flawlessly Tackles Trump’s Presidential Win

Blackish Trump episodeBlack-ish rose to fame due to its great writing, relatability and fearlessness in tackling issues that are well-known among the black community and bringing them to mainstream audiences. The show proved itself in all of these areas once again during this week’s episode, which tackled the 2016 presidential election and the mood that’s been blanketing the country ever since.

In the episode, titled “Lemons”, each member of the Johnson family dealt with Donald Trump’s win in their own ways. Bow decked herself out in swag from good causes, Junior worked on memorizing Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech for his school’s Healing Assembly, and Zoe put all of her time and energy into making a batch of the perfect lemonade (made with love) for the assembly, but Dre seemed to want to just get past it all because Trump-talk was consuming his work and home life.

One of the highlights of the episode was when Dre’s co-worker demanded to know why he seemed like he didn’t care about the results of the election and what was subsequently going on in the country. He answered with a moving monologue that was set with Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit” in the background.

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.

Trump previously called the show racist, but hasn’t reacted to the recent episode targeting his presidential win…yet:

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