Logan Browning, “Slavery is direct cause of Fetishization and Fear of Black Men”

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As the much anticipated second season of the Netflix series Dear White People draws to a close on Friday, May 4, I had the opportunity to sit down with the show’s outspoken star, Logan Browning, for an in-depth one-on-one interview. Check out some of her insight regarding issues that have been going on within the community lately. 

On the cause of the simultaneous fetishization and fear of black men in America:

Literally, slavery. That sounds like something Sam would say, but it’s our history. You take any people out of their homeland and you make them a hot commodity… you’re selling them up on how strong they are, how big they are, how hard they work. America created this. They created that dichotomy of what they imagine a Black man to be.

On the possibility of a post-racial America:

We have different experiences, yes, but we are all the same.  In order to get to the point where we all see each other as the same, we would have to first go back and dissect every life experience we’ve each had before we can wipe the slate clean and say, ‘Yup. We’re all the same. Back to square one.’ Whiteness and Blackness are malarkey, but to get to that place we would have to better understand each other.

On the Parkland school shooting being the impetus that brought gun violence into our national conversation and began the process of policy change:

Every single act of gun violence is absolutely terrible, but it’s just so interesting that these young people’s voices are finally being heard now. It’s like, really? Now? In 2018? I’m not bitter at all about the fact that this movement is happening now because any kind of talk is good, and any type of move towards progress I’m on board with. But it is one of those obvious things where images that are more palatable are the things that people want to talk about. I think that’s why a show like Dear White People is so important. It puts these colored faces on the screen and forces the audience to begin to relate to these characters who possibly don’t look like them.

Why she shuns any possibility of an on-set romance with a castmate:

Number one, I’m more attracted to the opposite of myself. I’m attracted to more of an engineering mind. When you’re on a set, you’re falling for someone else’s character sometimes. I think [actors] forget that you’re in hair and makeup all day and you’re seeing people in their most glorified state, so it’s very easy to fall in love with anyone you’re around. I would never.

Don’t call Logan a celebrity:

I feel like it’s my motive to educate the world that the people they see in the public eye are just like them, and they have issues just like them. I’m always trying to take celebrity off its pedestal. Even though there is power in it, I sometimes find myself trying to knock myself off any kind of pedestal I would ever be put on, because I don’t feel that way.

Season two of Dear White People premieres on Friday, May 4 on Netflix. 

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