Well obviously this movie is a metaphor for the state of 'Black America'. Black people are walking on eggshells, and trying too hard to be "white enough" (luckily I've never had a problem with that, lol), living in fear (of persecution for the color
of your skin), or are the absolute bad guy for revolting (you know actually being black and embracing black culture). And on the completely other side black people constantly battle with being "black enough". I'm sure there is a percentage of folks who will
immediately say "Well if he had been with a sistah, none of this would have happened." Hence putting into question the main character's blackness.
The movie, which is frigging excellent, shows the dilemma from a few angles, which I much appreciated. I went in with high hopes, which can be detrimental, but it worked out this time.
Chris, our main character, hero, protagonist, is pretty perfectly written and performed. He does the black thing pretty well. Props to the writer and director. You know what I mean by "black thing" right? All people tend to conform and change their speech and mannerisms based on the crowd in which they are around. Black people do this more than any group I've ever had the pleasure, but for all for the same reason. It's not being fake, it's being flexible. Most people swear more around friends than parents, same concept. Think about teenagers, they talk in slang and hash tags when they are with their friends, and even their posture is different. Put them with grandparents or in a college interview, and they are straight-backed, "yes ma'aming" angels; they do this for Acceptance. Acceptance is key here. Black people are no different, and Chris shows the world these seamless transformations throughout. He goes from the proper, educated, and doting boyfriend of a white woman to the down ass, hilarious, "shit-shooting" bro in the span of a phone call to his childhood friend. Run in with a disrespectful cop, he's silently cooperative (don't need any weapon malfunctions). And put him in a situation to meet the oh so white family of said white girlfriend, he's all smiles despite his discomfort. We as black and other colored people for that matter have this need and urge to be accepted, and it doesn't come from within, it comes from WITHOUT; the outside projections of other upon us. I think that among many others, is one of the themes that this film was trying to get across. Unfortunately, no matter how well that monkey dances, it's still just a monkey and lots of folks no matter how progressive they think they are still want to put some if not all of those monkeys back in a cage.