|HuffPost Live interview about Scandal and Deception.|
By Mia Moody-Ramirez
Both characters live a double life. Joanne goes undercover to find out who killed her former best friend a less-than perfect white socialite. Olivia, a former White House aide, does not publicly reveal her love interest. Similarly, the black leading ladies have made it their mission to solve the problems of other people while failing to handle their own issues.
The portrayals are positive for the most part; however, there is a catch. Joanne is the daughter of a former housekeeper who worked for the family she is investigating. Although her mother was respected and known as the “head of household,” she was still a “servant” for white people. The other negative portrayal is both women have loved white men who don’t reciprocate publicly. Olivia is in love with the married, white president of the United States. Joanne was once in love with the son of the wealthy family that employed her mother.
More importantly, are Black people in a better position than they were four years ago? According to a recent poll, many Black people believe they are. The Pew Research Center conducted a poll in conjunction with National Public Radio that indicated that 39% of persons of African-American descent felt they were in a better position than they had been five years ago, an increase of 19% from the previous poll taken in 2008.
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