Vice Magazine says Power is an Escape Fantasy for People of Color
I was hindered today by a post from Vice magazine about power being an escape fantasy for people of color. I know this Starz drama has become the second most viewed premium cable show but that’s not just ratings consolidated just from people of color viewing Power. To say such a thing is a bit bigot in my point. I get it we love chicken but so does White America. In my opinion, Power is the truth behind the lives of people of color. For myself, I can say I have lived my life alongside Ghost on Power minus all the killing, but if I would have remained in such a toxic environment I’m sure it would have been possible to kill.
I have butchered the game in such a way that I was able to sell drugs, pay for schooling and get out the drug game tension free. People of color usually end up on the wrong side of the law due to lack of opportunity and financial circumstances that lead to lots of people of color taking matters into their own hands in order to provide a life for their families. White Americans can also relate to Power. I myself know several people like Tommy and Father Callahan who was just stabbed to his death by Dre on Episode 410 ‘You Can’t Fix This’.
Power isn’t a fictional show by any means. The show depicts exactly what’s on these mean streets. Sex, drugs, and lots of violence. This is a lifestyle that lots of Americans, whether black, white or Latino relate very well if they grew up under strain and hardships. Most men who don’t have their fathers in the household suffer from not having direction and tend to choose alternative ways to deal with the pain of not having much during their childhoods. Women fall for the drug dealer who saves them from the cold streets. So Tasha from Power is a girl from one of our neighborhoods.
Most men and women who struggle with the drug diversion want out before the two known guaranteed outings, which are death or jail. Jamie St. Patrick (Ghost) displays this within the show and how easy it is to be stuck in between the streets and the business office.
So to call Power a fantasy show people of the color watch would be bullshit. This show was written for people of all colors to display the harsh reality of hardships we encounter due to the pressure we’re faced with and the toxic environments we are raised under. So Vice if you want to write a story, write a story about what you could do to assist the people of color when their young and living in the inner city while most of white America grow up in the suburban areas.