Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Samantha's interracial relationship: Unsuccessful

  The third season seemed to be when the producers of Sex and the City had a light bulb turn on in their heads. There was only one episode throughout the entire series, that the issue of race was addressed. But the issue was addressed in a different manner than I had expected, and quite frankly disagree with.

Samantha becomes the first woman on the show to enter into an interracial relationship. The first scene after she meets Chevon, the couple heads to a club, with hip hop music playing in the background, where the individuals are all African American. The social environment is portrayed as a bunch of gangsters that all hang out in the same club, so it is very evident when Samantha, a white, high-class woman, enters the room.  Chevon’s sister, Adina, makes it very clear to Samantha that she does not want her brother dating a white woman, after she learns of their relationship. Adina said,” I don’t approve. I’m sure you’re a very nice person, but you’re white.” This is a common theme that usually African Americans have to deal with more so than white individuals. In the end, he sticks with his “blood” and decided to end it based on others views of their relationship.
The peculiar idea about this situation is that, I believe racism has been more commonly seen directed from a white person towards an African American. The way the African American society is revealed in this show, makes African Americans seem like they’re a completely different subgroup from the white society. The way the issue of race is brought up and the way Adina acts towards Samantha, makes it seem like “black” people are the bad guys, when in reality it’s commonly seen that white people are usually the ones looking down on individuals of color. “I don’t care how many Jennifer Lopez lookin’ dresses you have hangin’ up in your closet. You don’t belong in here.  You could never understand what I’m talkin’ about. This is a black thing.” Adina says this while again trying to make her point at the club. When Samantha brought the topic up at one of the women’s usual brunches, Charlotte said “Maybe you should stop seeing him. Race is a very big issue.” My first thought was, “It’s a shock to hear that race is a big issue, when it’s just now being introduced in the show’s third season.” It also bugged me that the resolution that Charlotte had to offer was that Samantha should stop seeing him, because that was the easy route.
Sex and the City displays completely different social atmospheres, and even though Chevon has a successful music label, his difference in class from the other African American individuals at the club is not seen. This is unlike seeing the four main women in their high class restaurants and bars for cocktails.

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