Black-ish is one of the funniest shows on primetime television right now!
But the ABC sitcom plans on tackling a serious issue in an upcoming episode — police brutality.
The episode titled "Hope" will revolve around the Johnson family witnessing a news broadcast that involves an African-American teenager's encounter with the police.
During the fictional incident, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Dre (Anthony Anderson) discuss the issue with their family– and they don't see eye-to-eye with what their four kids should be privy to.
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Like other episodes tackling the use of the N-word and bringing guns in the home, everyone in the family has a different opinion on the subject.
Anderson explained to Variety:
"Unfortunately the things that we are dealing with in this episode are not new, especially to the black and brown community. It's something that's been going on for quite some time."
Creator and exec producer Kenya Barris said the episode was inspired from his own attempts to discuss with his children the various incidents of police brutality they saw on the news.
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And Barris thinks the Johnson family would "naturally be going through" the same thing:
"It was this big division at my house, because I had my feelings that I wanted to spout out. But my wife had her feelings and the biggest thing is, how do you talk about your frustrations and your angers, but at the same time not take away your kids' hope and ability to still want to grow and thrive within a world that they have to live in?"
We're interested to see how the show will take on this issue while still delivering the jokes — it is a comedy after all!
Watch the episode on February 24 episode of Black-ish to find out!
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