The Oprah Winfrey Community’s (OWN) Queen Sugar, a few black household operating a sugar cane farm in rural Louisiana, is again with a vengeance with its tackle the George Floyd case. If their view on white men earlier than was any indication, prepare for lots of lies and racial hatred.

The March 23 episode, titled “Could 27, 2020,” recounts the discharge of the George Floyd video. As anticipated, almost each character has an opinion on it, and all of it boils right down to alleging that “black males are murdered by police.” Additionally, as anticipated, nearly the whole lot they are saying can also be buried underneath lies and propaganda, similar to activist Nova (Rutina Wesley) studying an inventory of these “taken too quickly” by the police which incorporates, of all folks, Michael Brown.

Nova additionally lectures her white cop boyfriend Calvin (Greg Vaughan) on whether or not he feels “ashamed about what occurred to George Floyd” as a result of she says, “When horrible issues occur and a Black particular person is accountable, we really feel disgrace” and “if it have been a Black cop who killed him, I really feel embarrassed personally.”

Then she goes on responsible President Trump and “white supremacy,” as if Black Lives Matter did not begin underneath President Obama, and appears to need whites to really feel “private disgrace” for what occurred.


Nova: Whenever you noticed what occurred to George Floyd, did you’re feeling disgrace? It isn’t a trick query. I am simply curious. It is for my article.

Calvin: I felt disgust, watching a human life being taken. However, no, I wasn’t embarrassed by it personally as a result of I had nothing to do with it.

Nova: Proper. But when it have been a Black cop who killed him, I really feel embarrassed personally. I really feel disgrace.

Courtney: However why? You did not do it.

Nova: Each Black particular person’s actions are seen as a collective endeavor. Each motion moreover success, after all. Each unhealthy factor that certainly one of us could expertise or trigger displays on all of us within the eyes of American society. One theft, they’re inherently felony. One drug deal, they inherently lack restraint. One particular person does one thing trifling on the job, all of them lack self-discipline. 

Courtney: I see what you imply. It is like Black folks have a collective aware within the eyes of white America. Such as you suppose and behave as a monolith. However after all, that is, like, so false. 

Nova: You might have a white man strangling somebody by the neck whereas being recorded, as each sufferer and bystanders begged him to cease. You all really feel no private disgrace in that. If the tables have been turned, I might be in shambles. Y’all have an imbecile within the White Home and also you simply shrug it off. If it have been Obama, all of the Black people can be hanging our heads.

Calvin: As a result of all Black Individuals can be lumped collectively due to the mess he was concerned in.

Nova: And the mess that is occurring with the white man within the Oval now? You do not even really feel in any respect linked to. This is without doubt one of the treacherous and infrequently mentioned negative effects of white supremacy.

Contemplating the media’s recent reaction to the Colorado taking pictures suspect, I’ve to say it’s most definitely not simply Black individuals who get painted underneath the identical brush.

It solely grows worse with different scenes similar to Nova’s brother Ralph (Kofi Siriboe) confronting a cliché white racist who was spouting “All Lives Matter” and that Floyd “received what he deserved.” Or Ralph explaining to his son, “We won’t say All Lives Matter until they act like Black Lives Matter,” and that the police will cease him “since you’re Black” whether or not or not he does one thing improper. Or Ralph’s Aunt Violet (Tina Lifford) arguing along with her husband over him shopping for a gun as a result of “they killed that man lifeless in the midst of the road.”

Whereas this episode takes place in Could 2020, we have now to imagine this episode was filmed nicely after the preliminary George Floyd video was launched. At that time, the writers most likely additionally learned that George Floyd had a deadly degree of fentanyl in his system, that he requested to lie on the bottom, and that he was yelling that he couldn’t breathe lengthy earlier than Derek Chauvin’s knee was on him. Whereas that doesn’t excuse each motion on the video, it’s a far cry from a transparent “homicide,” which is what this present calls the scene a number of instances. After all, facts never stopped the BLM narrative before.

Nova and Ralph’s sister Charley (Daybreak-Lyn Gardner) finds her son Micah (Nicholas L. Ashe) in tears remarking how “the homicide of Black folks could be very acceptable.” However the worst response comes later from Micah upon studying that protesters burned a Minneapolis police station in response to the video. Whereas his mom rightfully argues that riots are harmful and improper, Micah fires again “’protest peacefully’ are two phrases that shouldn’t be used collectively.” He additionally doesn’t care if anybody was contained in the burning precinct, and as seen by the above photograph the place he is carrying a “Justice For All Or Else” t-shirt, the present clearly agrees with him.



Charley: It is a bit of a lot, do not you suppose? Somebody may get damage or die in that constructing burning. Somebody may very well be inside.

Micah: And?

Charley: Look, I am simply as upset as you’re. However it doesn’t matter what occurs to us, it doesn’t matter what they do to us, we won’t develop into the factor that we hate.

Micah: So, what do you suppose we struggle again with then, huh? Love?

Charley: Do not. Do not do this simply since you’re offended. Love is not a weak spot. Love is not one thing to be mocked. You might be enraged and nonetheless lead with love, with mild. Ella Baker mentioned, “Give mild, and the folks will discover the best way.” Dr. King mentioned, you realize this, Micah, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Solely mild can do this. Hate cannot drive out hate. Solely love can do this.”

Micah: Dr. King additionally mentioned {that a} riot is the language of the unheard.

Charley: We have now different methods. We have now our vote, we will make legal guidelines, insurance policies, we will protest peacefully…

Micah: Mother, “Protest peacefully” are two phrases -that simply should not be used collectively.

Charley: Micah…

Micah: You are speaking about working inside a system that is designed precisely the best way it has been working. Towards us.

Charley: All I am saying is rioting and looting aren’t the reply.

Micah: Then what’s?

By the top, Charley joins her son in a protest, white individuals are nonetheless responsible, and race relations within the U.S. take a number of steps again.

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