Either portraying or recounting events dating way back to slavery, Colin Kaepernick, in his Netflix drama series, “Colin In Black And White,” ridiculed America’s media for centuries-old malign behaviors aimed at demoralizing or emasculating Black people. Dave Chappelle recently lashed out at the media too by saying, “fuck NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks.”
During one episode, Colin narrated sentiments around media microaggressions that enveloped the phrase “Acceptable Negro,” given verbatim, as follows:
“The Acceptable Negro is a Black character who inhabits white characteristics, who makes white people feel comfortable. The Acceptable Negro is a white man’s creation. Thing is, white people don’t get to decide who’s acceptable to us. We can rock with Steve Urkel and Steve Biko and Marcus Garvey; Huey Newton, Ida B. Wells, Toni Morrison, Fannie Lou Hamer, Assata Shakur, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, James Baldwin. You know, some of the good ones. As Langston Hughes once said: “Negroes, sweet and docile, meek, humble, and kind. Beware the day they change their mind.”
All considered, Colin Kaepernick’s drama series brought about a piercing effect most Americans can relate to; particularly, Black Americans and White Americans. It was through those childhood and adult relationships and experiences that Colin was able to put together an insightful drama series.
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