Tonight's highly anticipated episode of scandal threw viewers for a much needed loop. Upon its return from a week long vacation, Scandal gave its Gladiators a different kind of emotional thrill. After taking a back seat to "How To Get Away With Murder's" two hour season finale, Ms. Pope and Associates took a walk down the opposite end of the political spectrum. Tonight's episode was more than just great TV. It was more than just an intense scene, and riveting monologue. Tonight's episode was a mirror of todays society, it was deeper insight into an all too familiar reality of America. The scene that resonated with me tonight, was the depiction of the officer unwittingly surrendering to his pride, and rage, ranting in a crazed stir ofemotion. In that moment, those words were more than just lines in a script. That actor accurately portrayed a feeling many White authoritarians, and civilians truly feel.
But, how do I know White people feel that way? Simply because history has proven nothing contrary ever. Think of the countless Blacks maimed, burned, and hung for merely being accused of looking at a White person. While most people were connected with the episode and felt it necessary, other viewers did not share these same sentiments. To no surprise majority of viewers upset at the shows angle tonight are not People of Color. They could not connect to the episode because they, by default cannot connect to the truth. In their minds, I'm sure their was a tinge of familiarity in hearing the officers feelings, but to acknowledge that to themselves, or even aloud gives ground for a conscious awakening that would call for the acceptance of much of the responsibility in the damage that has been done to People of Color around the world, and specifically to Blacks in America.
It is far too easy to sit on social media and complain of a lackluster show, than to admit to the use of self righteous entitlement through which White Americans base their foundation for every institution, from laws, policies and prisons, to school and work codes of conduct, and dress codes. The officers monologue questioned Black lives. Who are we to think we have rights? Who are we to think these presumed rights afford us audacity? Audacity to question when our presumed rights are infringed upon. Who are we to think we can be anything other than grateful to the almighty White man? For without him we would be nothing.
Tonight's episode of Scandal was the realest episode of television since the beginning of television. I applaud Shonda, and ABC for choosing to air the episode, and it's ending. Although the episode was insightful, and enlightening, and necessary unfortunately we know that is not how these scenes play out in reality. Although the truth was discovered by our beloved Gladiators, and the officer was arrested, he was not arrested, or even charged with murder. Not in reality, or even television reality will a White man be punished for snuffing out the life of a melanin rich human being. HUMAN. Living Being.