After having a conversation with a friend, it was brought to my attention to discuss Scandal a little deeper than the revolution of the side chicks. Now if you really watch, Shonda Rimes pushed the envelope on many relationship types. The one I was asked about specifically was how this interracial relationship between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and POTUS, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn). Now I know Kerry did an interview saying if the president portrayed had been black she would not have done the show, after actually reading that interview I get why, and its not to put down black men in any way, it was more to preserve them and the fact we currently have a black president & that’s too close to home. (read it for yourselves)
His specific question to me was “why is it that a black woman being attracted to a white man in power more acceptable than the rolls being reversed” Well for 1 its not really acceptable yet to have a woman in a power position- white, black or otherwise, and to a lot of other races, black woman are seen as exotic, something out of the norm, that forbidden fruit. In direct relation to the show a black woman who is not only gorgeous, strong, smart, independent, and loved by one of the nation’s most powerful men is something that seems appealing and the ultimate role model.
Then I was hit with what about white women and black men- Kanye said it best “when he get on he leave yo ass for a white girl” White women have long been seen as a status symbol, achievement prize after having “made it” to something important. White women before, had been seen as pure, privileged, & high priority, which is why in the case of black men, its seen as being something worth looking at if a white woman pays you attention.
Does the show accurately depict interracial relationships? In some ways yes, the help, who must never be seen or heard as the mistress, sounds about right. Given today’s society does interracial relationships still matter? I personally don’t care, they aren’t taking food from my table, so whatever floats your boat. I started to dig deep and analyze this topic, but I rather hear your thoughts on it, and enjoy the conversation with you.