Anthony Anderson spoke what a lot of us were feeling on November 9, 2016 aka the day hell actually froze over.
While Snoop Dogg is wondering who is going to be the first Black artist to perform for Donald Trump, ABC’s Black-Ish has stepped up be the first Black sitcom to address his election in a real way.
The setting is Anderson’s character “Andre” sitting a table the morning after. Each of them shared their feelings about what happened with the most polarizing view belonging to his co-worker “Lucy” who actually voted for Trump.
Representing a voice that was rarely heard and often criticized, “Lucy” says that she voted for Barack Obama twice and wasn’t intrigued by Clinton’s promises to keep things the same since her father was still out of work, and her blue-collar hometown was in poverty. So she decided to try something “different.” Dre, who is usually outspoken during such talks was unusually quite, representing most Black folks who simply weren’t surprised. But, when he was asked by his boss “why don’t you love your country,” he went off.
“I love this country even though at times it doesn’t love me back. For my whole life my parents, my grandparents, me, for most black people, this system has never worked for us. But we still play ball, tried to do our best to live by the rules even though we knew they would never work out in our favor, had to live in neighborhoods that you wouldn’t drive through, send our kids to schools with books so beat up you couldn’t read them, work jobs that you wouldn’t consider in your nightmares.
Black people wake up everyday believing our lives are gonna change even though everything around us says it’s not. Truth be told, you ask most black people and they tell you no matter who won the election, they don’t expect the hood to get better. But they still voted because that’s what you’re supposed to do.
You think I’m not sad that Hillary didn’t win? That I’m not terrified about what Trump’s about to do? I’m used to things not going my way. I’m sorry that you’re not and it’s blowing your mind, so excuse me if I get a little offended because I didn’t see all of this outrage when everything was happening to all of my people since we were stuffed on boats in chains. I love this country as much — if not more — than you do. And don’t you ever forget that.”
— Gary (@CatchGifUCan) January 12, 2017
If you found yourself clapping after watching that, you weren’t alone. Word is that the entire crew on set gave Anderson a round of applause after he nailed those lines.
Watch the entire episode here.
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