My biggest gripe was by far the amount of race card waving going on. I swear, not 5 minutes could go by w/out some sort of reference to race, or dramatic re-enactment of the “Black Experience.” Not only was the sheer amount of it was egregious, but it was hardly used or explored in any meaningful manner. No different opinions or experiences, just this echo chamber of like-mindedness. The only thing they seemed to have forgot to show was a dark-skinned black thumbing their nose at a light-skinned blacks’ opinions, or vice-versa, simply because of skin tone. I mean shit, they even squeezed in the old classic BE : “Chinese woman in the back of a cop car to identify your black ass on the spot” in the first 8 minutes. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
Blaxpoitation films did a better job of not exploiting racial sensitivities to drive a story and its character(s) forward.
We saw BL somewhat challenge one of his daughters’ viewpoints in the second half of the show, which I hoped would produce an insightful exchange, but then she just called him a race traitor 20 seconds into it and that was the end of that nuisance.
I’ll watch a few more episodes, but the first episode really left me sour. I hope they reduce the frequency of using race as a means of getting from Point A to B, and/or make race-related dialouge / experiences more varied and thoughtful.