In the Halloween episode of ABC's hit Blackish, things take a turn for the worse for the character Junior, who gets expelled from his private school and ends up relegated to the public education system. Worse than Junior's plight is the show's take on the issue of school choice, and the unavoidable raising of race, as is the show's (and the Left's) custom.
Junior's family isn't thrilled about him going public: sister Ruby exclaims, "Public school?! Might as well send him to Afghanistan!" His younger twin siblings watch the movie Dangerous Minds as an introduction to public education, from which they deduce that "public school principals carry baseball bats...This is not us."
Dad Dre, keen on keeping race at the center of every situation, shares the gloom of Junior's public-funded future with his coworkers:
Stevens: Why so glum, Dre? Don't tell me you're still pouting about Chris Paul wisely choosing a Confederate state where he doesn't have to pay any income tax.
Dre: Almost as bad. Junior may have to go to public school.
Connor: Public, like a toilet? Ugh! Are they still doing that?
Dre's Caucasian colleague -- a cartoonish poster-child for "white privilege" -- bemoans his time in public school, in aristocratic Connecticut:
"So, you're sending your son to public school to punish him. I get that. You know, my parents...they wanted to knock me down a few pegs, so they sent me to public school. in Greenwich. It's not what you think, Dre. There's a lot of diversity there. I mean, sure, there's families like the Kelloggs and the Posts, but there were also kids whose families owned lesser cereal companies, too."
Dre and Charlie respond with lamentations on the ills of public schooling for blacks:
Dre: Sure, that worked out for you because of your zip code. But the public schools that black and brown kids have to go to have all been abandoned. Classic white flight.
Charlie: Yeah, we move to your neighborhoods, you guys are out. We move to your schools, you guys are out.
Talk about a missed opportunity -- Blackish presents the inferiority of the public school system and blacks having to go to rundown public institutions due to the constrictions of zoning; but in spite of the show's ever-readiness to go political, there's no mention of the obvious solution to the problem: school choice. So close, Blackish; you teed up and rared back, but then you dropped the club.