ABC’s “Black-ish” airs a special episode, titled “Hope,” on Wednesday (Feb. 24), to highlight the headlines of police brutality in America.
With Black Lives Matter at the forefront, along with the ongoing trend of unarmed blacks being killed by police, the sitcom brings forth the conversation that many African Americans have to ponder today: At what age do I expose my children to reality’s violence?
In the episode, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) would like to still shield her six-year-old twins (Marsai Martin and Miles Brown) from the court case that does not find justice for a late African American teenager who was killed by police.
Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Zoey (Yara Shahidi) also provide heartfelt speeches, citing the fear that goes along with being an African American. Johnson reflects on the time that President Obama first exited the limo at his 2008 inauguration, while Zoey begs her brother not to join a protest because she fears that he will not come back alive.
Although few shows have addressed the subject, this is not the first time that a scripted series has mentioned the Black Lives Matter movement. NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” followed a similar story, where the African American family gathered around to have a conversation about an unarmed black teen that was gunned down by police.
Both families shared that protesting can be a commonality between grandparents and the younger generation, which provides the chilling truth that not nearly enough has changed for African Americans since the Civil Rights Movement 50 years ago.
“Black-ish” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.