Netflix premiered its dramedy of short stories centered around the COVID pandemic, Social Distance, on Thursday. Not surprisingly, the show was heavy on liberal propaganda, especially in regard to the issue of race and the police.
The anti-police narrative begins less than five minutes into the first story, “Delete all Future Events,” in a conversation between a black barber, Ike (Mike Colter), and his black friend, Reggie (Okieriete Onaodowan). Ike mentions he’s afraid to leave his house due to COVID, to which Reggie replies, “Hey, it’s not much safer indoors with that no-knock bullshit. A month ago, I thought the silver lining would be the pigs would chill the fuck out, considering that no one’s going outside, but they still killing us.”
This false picture of innocent black people being in danger in their homes because racist police officers are hunting them down and killing them has been pushed by the left ever since the Breonna Taylor case made headlines. Never mind that the police actually knocked on Taylor’s door, that a neighbor overhead the police announce themselves, that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend was heavily involved in drug dealing activity, or that the police were fired upon first by Taylor’s boyfriend.
But the most polarizing dialogue in any of the Social Distance episodes appeared in the final story, “Pomp and Circumstance,” which featured two black characters – a boss, John (Ayize Ma’at), and his employee, Corey (Asante Blackk), (who are real-life father and son) arguing over Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd. The story opens with Corey setting up for a graduation that John’s video company will be filming.
Things turn tense as Corey asks to leave early to go to a BLM protest. When John says no, Corey says he should have figured John would be on the wrong side of history, and rants about defunding and dismantling the police:
Corey: I should have figured.
John: Should have figured what?
Corey: That you would be on the wrong side of history.
John: What you got to tell me about history? You was in diapers when Obama got elected.
Corey: I was seven.
John: See, that’s the problem with y’all’s generation. Y’all think you discovered racism. Man, now ain’t the time. Get back to work.
Corey: I’m sorry, I’m just curious, what is it I’m supposed to do then every time another black person gets murdered by the police? What? Just shrug it off? Not fight back. Sit here and do nothing?
John: What makes you think you’re doing nothing?
Corey: We are setting up a remote graduation for a bunch of rich, privileged, white, private school kids.
John: This is a black-owned business. This is how you fight. You work hard, you learn, and you build something that lasts.
Corey: It’s a little hard to build something that lasts when an officer has his knee on your neck for nine minutes. I mean, the man screamed out for his dead mother.
John: Are the police stopping you from doing your job? Why in the hell you wanna get in these big ass crowds when you know Corona is hitting black people the hardest anyway?
Corey: I’ll wear a mask.
John: Wear a mask for what? So you can fight racism? How you fighting it? Is it going somewhere if you don’t get out there today? Y’all kids ain’t got no strategy. Y’all even thought about a list of demands?
Corey: We demand that they charge the officers that murdered a man in broad daylight. We demand that they defund and dismantle the racist institution of America police. I mean, I could go on all day.
John: Now you’re trippin’. Black people need police.
Corey: I’m tripping? You know the American police force was founded on the idea of slave patrols and the oppression of black lives? Just in case you didn’t know this.
John: What kind of janky-ass history book you get that from? They got police in Kenya. Police in Sweden. Police in Japan. Is that from slave patrols, too? This boy don’t even know what he’s protesting.
Corey: I’m protesting the systematic killing of black people by the state. And you should be, too.
Corey then calls his girlfriend Ayana (Lovie Simone), who is at home preparing signs for the protests, to complain about John not letting him go.
Ayana laments, “John’s generation is the one that fucked everything up in the first place. The economy. The environment. They thought they had done their job with the civil rights movement and that a black president ended racism. Now they’re trying to leave the table before the check comes? No. Fuck that. Today is not just about today. It’s about all the days after. It’s about making sure this type of shit does not keep happening to us.”
Corey pleads one last time with John about going to the protest after the call, but John urges Corey to be patient, leading Corey to complain that he can’t be patient because police are “still lynching us in the streets.”
It isn’t long before John is disparaging officers by advising Corey not to “sink to their level” and wrongly equating some deaths to racism rather than circumstances that endangered the lives of officers:
Corey: I can’t be patient anymore. We been patient. And that patience, where’s that gotten us? Ain’t shit changed in the last hundred years.
John: Are you serious? You’re saying that shit ain’t changed since 1920? Things are the same today for black people as it was in 1920? When you say that you spit on the grave of every civil rights leader that came before you. MLK did nothing. Thurgood Marshall did nothing. Shirley Chisholm did nothing. You stand on the backs of those that died for your freedom, and all you can do is complain about the goddamn breeze?
Corey: ‘Cause they still lynching us in the streets!
John: And you’re racing out there to give them a reason.
Corey: You like listing dead black people? Let me give you some more names. Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Laquan McDonald. Eric Garner. You want me to go on? Walter Scott.
John: Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Corey Jones, Jamar Clark, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd! You think I ain’t paying attention to this shit? You think it doesn’t pain me every time another name’s added to that list?
Corey: You should be out there with me.
John: No, there’s another way! We plan. We take economic action. We donate, and we vote.
Corey: You handle that. I’m gonna go do this.
John: So, you’re a big man now, huh? You gonna burn it all down?
Corey: Why are we the ones that are expected to regulate our response, but no one expects them to stop killing us?
John: Because if we stoop to their level, we lose.
Corey: The way I see it, it’s a bunch of house niggas and porch niggas complaining about their fucking property, when they are out here killing our people!
No one was upset about the George Floyd case, Corey? The way I remember it, pretty much the whole world was shaken to their core over what they saw on the video of his death and extremely upset by it. Rightly so. But BLM now cries racism anytime a person of color is killed by an officer, no matter the circumstances, and expects everyone to be upset. Therein lies the real problem.
I have some names to list, too, though. Names of innocent men and women who weren’t threatening and endangering anyone’s lives. You can find the names of these brave police heroes here and in an in-depth FBI report on felonious deaths, including officers that were killed in BLM-related ambushes this year. And bear in mind, these statistics don’t include officers who were injured but survived politically-motivated ambushes, or BLM activists trying to block emergency room entrances so that injured officers could not receive care, all while shouting that they, “hope they fucking die,” and, “we hope the bitch dies!”
Police do a thankless, dangerous, yet honorable job of keeping the public safe while BLM vigilantes assault them, yell obscenities at them, throw dangerous objects at them, and even ambush and kill them, no matter their good character.
I know I’d much rather see their stories instead of two men starting a threesome with a third man they find on a dating app (pictured, right), as featured in the fourth short story, “Zero Feet Away.” Leave it to Hollywood liberals to clearly prove once again in yet another far-left, propaganda-laden, race-baiting, divisive show, that they’re the ones on the wrong side of history.