unnamedThe fact that the “Hope” episode of black-ish is called groundbreaking underscores the fact that our society is far behind in terms of racial discourse.

In the episode, the Johnson family gathers around the television to watch the verdict of a Grand Jury seated on a police brutality case of an African American. Bow is reluctant to generalize all interactions with police as threatening and to pass on the negative sentiments to Jack and Diane.

“I’m not asking you to lie to them; I just want to give them a little faith in the world.”

Zoey questions the futility of talking about the issues. “Everybody I love has been here talking about it all night, and none of you know what the answer is.”

The episode written by show creator Kenya Barris doesn’t shy away from the issues. But the fact is that the episode shouldn’t be groundbreaking. We should be light years ahead of talking about these issues. And understanding them.

Coming days ahead of the Oscar ceremony where no doubt host Chris Rock will tackle the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, “Hope” should inspire more talking. Hopefully it will do so for the people who need to.


When the kids ask some tough questions in the midst of a highly publicized court case involving alleged police brutality and an African-American teenager, Dre and Bow are conflicted on how best to field them.  Dre, along with Pops and Ruby, feel the kids need to know what kind of world they’re living in, while Bow would like to give them a more hopeful view about life.  When the verdict is announced, the family handles the news in different ways while watching the community react, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 9:30/8:30c on the ABC Television Network.
“black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson and Laurence Fishburne as Pops.
Guest starring is Jenifer Lewis as Ruby and Issac Ryan Brown as Young Dre.

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