Dear White People: Art Imitating Life’s Racism

Justin Simien, the director of the comedy, talked to The Root about Spike Lee comparisons, Tyler Perry movies and Hollywood’s one-dimensional view of black people.

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While there’s no word yet on whether his film will get a distributor, Simien is happy with his first Sundance experience. “I didn’t come with specific expectations,” he said. “At the end of the day, what I just remember are some of the conversations I’ve had with people who’ve seen the movie. That makes me happy because I feel like we did what we came here to do.”

Julie Walker is a New York-based freelance journalist. Follow her on Twitter.