Yet, If you’re not familiar with colorism in the black community or tropes like the tragic mulatto, you might not understand how deeply these factors actually affect black women.
Bow lays the groundwork in a brief history lesson—mixed people were given preferential treatment in our white-privileged society, leading to a disconnect between dark and lightskinned blacks until the civil rights movement, but uncertainty still exists today.
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Why would Bow—an educated, wealthy, tolerant doctor—care that her son is dating a white girl?
But, in reality, the episode addresses some of the most guarded, internal secrets within the black community—colorism, interracial dating, the black man’s fear of white women, and everyone’s fear of black women.
“Being Bow-racial” is Black-ish finally addressing the “ish” that looms heavily over its title and the results are stellar.
“Being Bow-racial” is an episode that feels incredibly personal to me, which might make it difficult to be objective, but it’s truly a story I’ve never seen given such attention on broadcast TV.