Dear White People [Official UK Trailer] – In CINEMAS NOW
Justin Simien’s writer-director debut Dear White People, an activist college student named Sam (played by Tessa Thompson) gets behind the microphone at the campus radio station to deliver mini-lectures on the subtle, pervasive racism of life in these United States. “Dear white people,” Sam begins, before talking about the myriad ways Caucasians try to appropriate or condescend to black culture, from the way they use words like “thang” to the way an acquaintance of hers is dating a black guy as an apparent act of social rebellion.
At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, “Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn’t count.” Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show “Black Face/White Place” smells gold in Sam’s story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show “Doing Time at an Ivy League”. The clamor over Sam’s rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins when he is asked to join the school’s lily-white newspaper staff to cover the controversy, even though he secretly knows little about black culture.
It was originally released in 2014 over in the USA and has recently made it to cinemas in the UK.