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The thing is, no one ever figures their shit out. Not Oprah. Not your impossibly beautiful, charming friend who always seems to know exactly what to say and how to act. Not your mentor. Not your parents. Not your brother or sister.
In this fictional episode, we see so much reality – the experience of another Black life being unjustly taken, the pain of a father who lost his child, the emotions of a protesting community after the fact, the disagreements between members of the same racial identity who see justice differently on how to deal with racist systems.
When these characters fall in love, they fall hard — their story lines aren’t glossed over. They aren’t paired off with unattractive characters in an attempt to appease the audience. Their love trysts are followed intensely, rather than just mentioned briefly in passing.