The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles Cast Discusses Race

I’m sure I’m not the only person who was crushed and crushed during a particularly shocking scene by The Real World Homecoming: Los Angelesits sixth episode. This scene occurs when some of the two cast members of the original season – including Tami Roman, Jon Brennan, Beth Stolarczyk, Beth Anthony, David Edwards, Glen Naessens and Irene Berrera-Kearns – attempt to play a friendly game. “fishbowl”. », And begins with a terribly intense start.

At the end of the episode, things take a turn for the worse when a question arises about the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd – asking in particular about Brennan’s views on these issues as a white conservative. Brennan, a missionary living in Alabama, acknowledges that there are white people in America who are racist, but apparently refutes his statement when referring to the children he serves as “young, black, colored,” whom Roman calls him. out up.

“I can not spend my life trying to educate people about humanity.”

Responding to Brennan’s comments, Naessens – another white man in the room – asks if “something goes wrong with not seeing color”, something Roman also quickly (and rightly) disagrees with. “Yes, because the reality of life is that we are all different,” he says. “There is color.” In her confession, Roman – who is obviously disappointed – says, “I can not spend my life trying to educate people about humanity” and adds, “Why should we educate you on some things you already need to know?” ? If you’re talking to a black person about a situation that affects him, you may want to listen. “The TV star later echoed her sentiment on Twitter after the episode aired, writing, “I’m just thinking … I should not educate people on how to be decent people and ask family, friends and co-workers in charge to do the same.”

Later, during the cast discussion, Roman criticized Naessens’ comments, saying that by not recognizing other people’s race, “[minimizes] My struggle. ” “You have to see a little color to understand what I’m going through in America,” he points out. “You have to see color to understand even that your black brothers and sisters matter.” Anthony also supports Roman’s view, saying: “If I do not acknowledge this [Roman] she’s a black woman, if i’m colorblind, then I’ll undo her whole story. “

At this point, the group seems to find some determination after listening to each other – that is, until Naessens shares a story about how his friend was once called the word N (and, problematically, explicitly says the word out loud ). Roman immediately summons him, explaining that his story could be told without repeating the racial slur, and Berera-Cairns – who is Latino – also says she should not say the word out loud before repeating it. “With mine [Latinx] “Brothers and sisters, it is certain that slang and bad people say I would never say that about you,” says Roman. “And I feel that I should be given the same kindness.”

The weight of the heated discussion in the episode seems to fall on the shoulders of Roman, who inadvertently becomes the voice that speaks for all Blacks, which is strange, since he is not the only black man in the room (eg Edwards, who hardly speaks in the excerpts of the scene we see). Based on the clips that went viral on December 29th, it looks like Roman is defending herself (and, unjustly, an entire race) against her teammates. In situations like these, it is frustrating to see how little non-blacks understand when it comes to race in America, how to deal with the sensitivities surrounding the issue.

From this episode alone, it is clear that some of the reality veterans – who are almost 30 years away from their original season – still have a lot to learn when it comes to racing. But the most important lesson here should be that more self-education is needed and that whites need to be more careful about recognizing their privilege. It is not the responsibility of a single black man to educate his other peers about their race and how they should treat people – this in itself is an unnecessary burden.

Hubert Gildon

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