It should come as no surprise that some people are upset that Netflix is airing the controversial series Dear White People. The show covers some very frustrating issues, but what’s even more frustrating is that these issues plague our society in the first place.
Let's start by dispelling the falsehood that Dear White People promotes white genocide. That’s an "alternative fact." The only way that you could possibly believe such a thing is if your beliefs parallel white supremacy. No one wants to eradicate white people or white culture. Maybe a handful of radicals do, but there are crazies in every race—ever heard of the KKK?
Until the late 90s, white genocide reflected mass killings at the hands of white people, think: the Native Americans. However, at some point white genocide began to be identified as the desire to eradicate whites by deliberately engaging in inter-racial relationships, therefore, in time, minimizing the amount of whites. The New York TImes reported that the "mantra," as white genocide is referred to by those who believe it exists, "...It proclaims 'Diversity = White Genocide' and 'Diversity Means Chasing Down the Last White Person,' blaming multiculturalism for undermining the 'white race.'"
From one look at the trailer, Dear White People doesn't look like it has anything to do with either definition of white genocide. It does, however, point at everyday forms of racism that should shake up our dialogue.
Now, will it make people uncomfortable? Yes, but historically, taking people out of their comfort zones is somehow the only way that progress can be made. If slavery or the Civil Rights movement didn't make some people uncomfortable, nothing would have ever changed.
It seems that people are so sensitive today that being pro-anything is assumed to be anti-everything else, which isn’t true at all. People have the ability to be diverse, beyond only racially diverse. When someone says Black Lives Matter, they aren't saying every other life doesn't matter.
If everyone appreciated all forms of diversity, instead of trying to squander it, perhaps there wouldn't be a Netflix series that calls out racism. You can't cancel reality, so go ahead cancel your Netflix account.