Did somebody say, "post-racial America"?
With the numerous examples of continuing inequality in the U.S., it really shouldn't be so difficult to dismantle racial stereotypes of black people. The problem is, many of them have gone relatively unchallenged for so long that it's become difficult to talk about it.
One new video series has decided to stop dancing around the topic, opting for a refreshingly bold and brash approach to starting the conversation. Created by the same people producing upcoming film Dear White People, the project's 10 PSA-style videos help answer the most nagging, clueless and offensive questions ignorant, uninformed or just plain racist Americans have been asking about black people for decades.
The latest video combats one such unfortunate stereotype, which often comes in the form of a question: "Why haven't black people invented anything?" Unfortunately, it's a question asked more than you might think, even by black folks, many of whom haven't had the benefit of a robust black history curriculum at school, or knowledge passed on to them through family and friends. Besides betraying the ignorance of the speaker, this question reinforces the stereotype that African-Americans are not inventive.
In response, the tongue-in-cheek video offers up three of the many black inventions that have changed everyday life as we know it, in America and around the world — especially during summertime.
There are many more examples of important innovations and inventions that were invented, perfected or created by black folks. Not to mention the countless other American inventions stolen from blacks and patented by whites with impunity, creating yet another racist institutional barrier for black creativity and economic freedom.
While humorous, the series' videos are attempting to hint at this type of deeper conversation, using humor as the hook.
These 10 planned commercial memes take a snarky, yet socially conscious approach to dismantling common misconceptions and microaggressions that often spur divisions between whites and blacks, and people of color in general. It's a snide twist on the flowery, heavily scripted elements that have characterized many popularized PSA campaigns, such as NBC's "The More You Know."
In an exclusive statement from video producers Moose Hill Productions, the makers told Mic that they hope viewers will take a moment to reflect on how it feels to be a "black face in a white place."