‘Atlanta’ Gives Us a Confusing Portrait of a Black Teen Passing for White

5/13/2022 4:15:00 PM

The ninth episode of the acclaimed FX series’ third season is another standalone lesson on race.

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The ninth episode of the acclaimed FX series’ third season is another standalone lesson on race.

The ninth episode of the acclaimed FX series’ third season is yet another standalone lesson on race—this time focusing on passing.

that just isn’t landing (probably a mixture of both).At the start of the episode, we’re introduced to the protagonist Aaron (Tyriq Withers) in his bedroom, which has Logan Paul merch hanging on the wall to signal that we are in a white youth’s space. Aaron, who’s playing video games on his bed, also appears to be white, but the sound of his voice as he speaks into a headset says otherwise. Knowing Glover’s experimental tendencies on this show, I initially thought his voice was being dubbed with a Black actor’s and that we were about to embark on some artsy-fartsy version of that Lil Dicky and Chris Brown music video for “Freaky Friday” or something. We’re left startled once Aaron abruptly calls his opponents the N-word and tells them to “eat a fucking banana” after they beat him.

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At the start of the episode, we’re introduced to the protagonist Aaron (Tyriq Withers) in his bedroom, which has Logan Paul merch hanging on the wall to signal that we are in a white youth’s space. Aaron, who’s playing video games on his bed, also appears to be white, but the sound of his voice as he speaks into a headset says otherwise.50 630m Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Knowing Glover’s experimental tendencies on this show, I initially thought his voice was being dubbed with a Black actor’s and that we were about to embark on some artsy-fartsy version of that Lil Dicky and Chris Brown music video for “Freaky Friday” or something.m. We’re left startled once Aaron abruptly calls his opponents the N-word and tells them to “eat a fucking banana” after they beat him. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. After the title card, it’s revealed that Aaron, like Billy from TikTok, has a Black father when we see him driving his son to school. "Zach did a great job of keeping hitters off balance," A's manager Mark Kotsay said.

When his father brings up the local shooting of a Black man by police and tries to issue a warning to him, Aaron retorts that it’s “not a problem” for him and defends the officer. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. The Tigers have lost nine of 10. From their brief conversation, we understand that the self-loathing Aaron identifies as white publicly and, as we see later, exclusively socializes with white people at school. His father jokes that he “can fool his friends” but that he knows “where that nose came from. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.” Aaron also has dreams of attending Arizona State with his girlfriend, but his father refuses to complete the FAFSA so he can receive financial aid. A. When he arrives at his high school, a wealthy, Black benefactor named Robert S. The author will not be held responsible for information that is found at the end of links posted on this page. "I know I don't have 95 in the tank or anything like that, but I'm going to come after you and try to throw strikes," he said.

Lee, played by Samuels, shows up to announce that he’ll be paying for all the Black seniors’ college tuition in addition to renaming the school after himself. This is clearly a nod to Robert F. The author has not received compensation for writing this article, other than from FXStreet. 17, 2019. Smith paying off a class of Morehouse graduates’ student debt in 2019 and, later on, a Robert E. Lee joke when we see the way his name appears on the school sign. The author makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or suitability of this information. Hoping to get the money he needs to attend Arizona State, Aaron sneaks off to the gym after school where Lee is holding auditions to authenticate students’ Blackness before handing them a check. Miguel Cabera made it 3-all in the Detroit sixth with his 601st career double, tying Barry Bonds for 17th all-time. Miguel Cabrera led the Tigers with three hits.

“ The more interesting portions of this episode highlight the way white individuals desire an adjacency to Blackness when it’s beneficial to them while rejecting all the ugly parts of that experience. Errors and omissions excepted. ” The more interesting portions of this episode highlight the way white individuals desire an adjacency to Blackness when it’s beneficial to them while rejecting all the ugly parts of that experience. But this idea becomes lost in all the other notions about race, performance and gatekeeping within the Black community that are packed in.. After beating the Tigers by a combined 13-1 in the previous two games, Oakland took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the series finale. Considering that Glover has been at the center of the latter conversation regarding his music, stand-up material and romantic interests, it’s hard not to envision the multihyphenate furiously hammering away at a Google Doc during a scene where Aaron is asked to “name six things that mix with Hennessy” and “why The Five Heartbeats broke up” by a group of taunting, older, Black men as he stands under a spotlight. Knowing these topics are being handled by Glover and not a writer we don’t know as well is distracting to say the least." Oakland scored a run in the first on Murphy's two-out single.

The audition, or test more accurately, for the tuition money is funny to watch in real time and eye-roll-inducing in its broader implications. Related Articles. The montage of the panel asking Aaron things like “which soda is good for you?” and “mustard or mayonnaise?,” along with the aforementioned questions, is hysterical and spot-on in terms of knowledge and opinions that are passed on in the Black community. The panel ultimately concludes that he isn’t Black, saying that he only has white friends and pointing out his “matcha-colored Allbirds.” Before Aaron storms out, Lee even compares him to Clarence Thomas. Tyriq Withers as Aaron in Atlanta Guy D'Alema/FX On top of feeling aggrieved that his complexion lost him paid tuition, Aaron notices a Black boy named D’Andre leave a comment on his girlfriend’s Instagram post."He was just in trouble every inning.

When he calls her to confront her about it, she tells him that it doesn’t matter because she knows he’s not going to Arizona State with her. With all his dreams collapsing at once, he does the stereotypical angry white male thing of building a flamethrower and going to his high school at night to burn it down. When Aaron arrives, a Nigerian student named Felix is also there with a flamethrower after being told he wasn’t Black enough to receive the tuition money. Aaron agrees that he’s not really Black because he has a “culture to pull from” and “country to go back to.” After going back and forth, the two end up chasing each other around the facility with their flamethrowers."They did a great job of getting the early runs.

Felix eventually makes it to the top of the building to shoot at Aaron below him, but he gets shot by a police officer instead. Aaron, who’s also holding a flamethrower, is simply told to put his hands up and placed in a police car. Lee eventually arrives at the school in a bathrobe and walks over to Felix, who’s still alive in an ambulance. He ends up writing him a check, telling him that “getting shot by the police is the Blackest thing a person can do.” In general, this episode seems confused about what it wants to say, but this utterance felt like some kind of thesis—maybe that Black people have encouraged this sort of Oppression Olympics within our own community and that we’re wrongfully determining one another’s Blackness based on the amount of suffering we’ve experienced. Mize has been on the 10-day injured list since April 15 with a right elbow sprain.

Whatever message Glover is going for, it’s a clunky one. In the final scene, we see Aaron working at Best Buy a year later with a shaved head, a neck chain and a thicker accent, clearly embracing his Blackness. When his ex-girlfriend shows up, things are initially awkward, but he eventually tells her that he’s never been more attracted to her in his life. Before the credits roll, he winks into the camera. With all the ideas this episode tries to tackle and muddles in the process, it seems like a standard episode of Atlanta featuring the show’s cast might have been a safer bet. He joined fellow starting pitchers Beau Brieske and Alex Faedo, relievers Angel De Jesus and Elvin Rodriguez and 1B Spencer Torkelson.

But fans, like myself, may just have to accept that this show is a run-of-the-mill anthology series about racism now and buckle in for the next season, or simply not watch it at all. READ THIS LIST .