Superficial conversations about injustice is not progress. They do nothing but create a false sense of achievement and make folks feel good about themselves. We do not achieve justice by pandering. Nor by assuaging white guilt or putting racists’ fears of Black and brown people to rest.
Te Kā is so many of us who experience trauma. We don't always express our pain through tears and sadness. Often, we express it through anger. We are fire and brimstone, and we lash out against those who hurt us and sometimes those who are there to help us.
The Black community has every reason to distrust HBO, Benioff, and Weiss, but I want to believe that we have reason to have faith in the Spellman’s as well. Tokens or not, I don’t want to assume that they have no agency.
Now, I do firmly believe that no topic is off limits when it comes to comedy. Like the best art, the best comedy holds a mirror up to society and forces us to take a good long look at ourselves. It’s controversial. It makes us think. It makes us analyze. It makes us question. That being said, a good comedian can do all of those things without actively engaging in bigotry. Dave Chappelle fell way short of that goal. In these specials there is little to no analysis or critical thinking when it comes to LGBTQ and trans rights - or at all for that matter. There’s no education. Essentially all that’s left is bullying.