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Black-ish’s Brilliant Perspective on Having a Loved One in Prison

Black-ish is an ABC series that’s essentially a comedy sitcom. However, its writers have chosen to tackle the ideas of prisoners and jails in the US quite brilliantly.

The . Still, it uses up all of its resources to make a point on the state of society today. Throughout its four seasons, the writers have touched on topics of:

  • Racism
  • Inequality
  • Salary disparity
  • Issues within the African American community as a whole
Black-ish criticised by fans for casting Chris Brown in an episode about the treatment of black women.
Black-ish criticized by fans for casting Chris Brown in an episode about the treatment of black women. Image Source: Digital Spy

Don’t Feed the Animals

In their newest episode, “Don’t Feed the Animals”, he family deals with the idea of having a relative in prison. Even more so, what to do when he comes out. The opening scene is a monologue of numbers: mass incarceration, jails in America and the number of children who live with a parent behind bars.

Andre’s (Anthony Anderson) godbrother, Oscar has spent a decade behind bars, and after the Innocence Project takes on his case, they prove his innocence and let him free.

The family plays a seriously not-so-friendly game of Monopoly on the 'Don't Feed the Animals' episode of Black-ish.
The family plays a seriously not-so-friendly game of Monopoly on the ‘Don’t Feed the Animals’ episode of Black-ish. Image Source: Gossip Thot

For years, Andre’s wife Rainbow has been in touch with Oscar, and has gotten close to him by talking about Beyoncé, sending him pictures and even sending him money.

Yet, she has also had a scoop of the hardship in prison, talking about lockdown, gang fights and life behind bars. In the meanwhile, Andre refuses to take Oscar’s calls. It all turns upside down after they hear the news Oscar is walking free.

The Shift

Eventually, Andre discusses the whole situation with his advisers (a group of white men and an African American). He decides he has to help Oscar get back to life.

On Black-ish, the Johnsons get a visit from Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) cousin Junebug (r.), played by Michael Strahan.
On Black-ish, the Johnsons get a visit from Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) cousin Junebug (r.), played by Michael Strahan. Image Source: NY Daily News

When he gets home and shares the news, his wife doesn’t seem so thrilled. But, he now finds it difficult to accept an ex-con into her home. Now the roles are reversed and the real panorama of people coming out of prison is shown.

In the end, Rainbow decides to give him a chance and meet him for dinner.

The Blatant Truth Behind Black-ish and Recidivism

While there are many comedic moments to the episode, there is still an underlying truth behind it. People coming out of prison (whether they are innocent or not), have a hard time adjusting.

If it’s not their loved ones it is society itself that won’t give them a chance.

Kudos to Blash-ish for putting humanity back in what is becoming one of the most pressing issues in the United States.

Mirza Gil is a full-time writer interested in everything social and controversial. She loves to drink coffee and watch documentaries about people of the world. Ms. Gil is a driven young professional with a passion for writing. She has collaborated with translating houses for Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Mirza currently writes prison loved ones news for Prison Rideshare Network.

Mirza Gil

Mirza Gil is a full-time writer interested in everything social and controversial. She loves to drink coffee and watch documentaries about people of the world. Ms. Gil is a driven young professional with a passion for writing. She has collaborated with translating houses for Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Mirza currently writes prison loved ones news for Prison Rideshare Network.

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