Dear White People just debuted on Netflix today, and it’s better than we could have ever hoped for.
Director Justin Simien branches out from the story that began with his 2014 debut film. Dear White People the series goes more in-depth with each of the Black students of Winchester University. The second episode of Dear White People, aptly named “Chapter II” was all about freshman newspaper reporter Lionel (DeRon Horton).
Questioning both his sexuality and where exactly he fits in at school, Lionel hides behind his lush Afro and glasses as he secretly pines after his hunky roommate Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell). But of course, Lionel can’t even try and figure his ish out without some rude white person sticking their fingers all up in his personal space and fro. Yes, Dear White People gave us “that” natural hair moment. Most Black people with natural hair can attest to that cringe-worthy moment when a white person either asks to touch your hair or even worse, digs their fingers in your lovely tresses without permission.
After a party one evening, Lionel finds himself at the home of a new guy named Connor and his sorta-girlfriend Becca. The duo wants to pull Lionel into a threesome of sorts, but before Lionel can even wrap his mind around that, Becca starts digging her hands in his fro. She says, “You don’t mind, do you?” Oh, girl!
We’re not sure why some white people think this is acceptable behavior but we are pleased that Dear White People is showing them it is not. Before the end of the episode, Lionel takes his fro down to a fade, but we’re sure this won’t be the last time Dear White People will be highlighting these type of microaggressions.
All 10-episodes of season one of Dear White People are now streaming on Netflix.