My future husband is probably getting super drunk right now at spring break
The real world.
This is from That’s So Raven, where Chelsea and Raven apply to work at the same clothing shop. Chelsea is white; Raven is black. Chelsea gets the job, despite being utterly horrible at it, while Raven, who has a deep interest in fashion and knows how to handle clothes, does not. The girls find this deeply suspicious, so Chelsea wears a hat with a camera on it and questions the employer. The employer admits what she does in the gif above and Chelsea and Raven submit the footage to a news station.
And THAT is why That’s So Raven is the best TV show ever.
I would actually like to add to this because this episode was kind of amazing. Typically in kids shows, when they decide to make an episode surrounding race and racial issues, they do this thing where the kid in the show has to do a report on black history or they get told by parents or other older POC about racism and the kid has a hard time understanding. This then falls into this weird tv trope where they go back in time (usually in a dream) and they experience racism during segregation or any farther time in the past.
This seems like a good way to explain to kids why racism is bad and keep them entertained. The problem with this is that it paints this picture as though racism no longer happens in modern society. It tells kids “See? This is why racism is bad and that was a very bad thing that happened, but don’t worry we’re all past that now.” without actually saying the words. This episode of That’s So Raven was amazing and wonderful because it showed blatant and hurtful racism happening in the modern day. It wasn’t glossed over. It wasn’t just a snide remark. This woman was actively refusing to give her a job based solely on her race. Today. In modern times. Where it still happens.
It’s very small difference and yet it makes all the difference because when you teach children about racism it’s one thing to say “Racism is a thing but we got over it” and a whole other thing to tell kids “Racism still happens to people and it’s harmful and we should still do our best to combat it wherever we see it”.
And I just think this episode was really special.
I didn’t know this was an actual quote from the show! I thought it was a joke in poor taste from some blog who adds captions to gifs or whatever. That is cool though.
When the fuck is Sleepy Hollow coming back?