As the Obama Administration comes to an end, ABC’s Blackish is not taking it well. There aren’t too many examples of when I will present video to you without comment.
However, what you are about to see is…shall we say…hard to put into words:
♪♪ How do I say goodbye♪♪
♪♪ To what we had?♪♪
♪♪ The good times that made us laugh♪♪
♪♪ Outweigh the bad♪♪
Bow: So, this is why you took a sick day from work -- to make a slide show?
Dre: Do you know how hard it is to choose just the right song? You know, I tried it at first with "I'll Make Love to You." It felt okay over Obama but got a little weird over Sasha and Malia.
Bow: Yeah. That's where it got weird. Okay. All right, then.
Dre: She doesn't get it. With Obama leaving office, it's made me think. Obama was more than just the first black president. He was the culmination of years of struggle to make sure our votes counted. 1869 -- Congress passes the 15th Amendment, giving black men the right to vote. 1896 -- Louisiana passes the Grandfather Clause to keep former slaves and their descendants from voting. Registered black voters drop from 44% to 4%. Through the 1940s, poll taxes, literacy tests, and violent threats prevent blacks from voting. 1964 -- the 24th Amendment makes poll tax illegal, and over 250,000 new black voters are registered. 2008 -- Obama. 2011 -- three states pass restrictive photo I.D. Laws to try to stop us from voting again. Where we are is so tenuous and can be so easily taken away. That's why this current election is so important. No, not this one. This one. Junior is running for student body president against this guy. It may seem a little crazy that I'm investing real time into a high-school election, but the world's losing one black president. And I want to make sure to give it another. The future of our entire race rests on Junior.
Junior: Okay, which one's more believable? This one? This one? One more time. This one? This one? This one? This one?
Dre: Yep, this is my guy, and getting him elected was going to be harder than tricking America into putting a black man in the White House -- twice.
Junior: Why aren't you answering?