Guys. This movie isn't racist. It's not an attack on white people. Chill.
Some people are interpreting this trailer as a soap box for the writers, but that's not what it is.
Let's go over what the trailer tells us:0:11
- The introduction of a very opinionated, and jaded black woman, setup to be the main character.0:36
- Another black character confronting the main character about her racist comments. This is important, because the trailer is immediately showing that the main character may be prejudiced, or at least does not represent all black people. The trailer continues to give the main character the last word, but that shouldn't be confused with the agenda of the film. It establishes the conflict, which leaves room for a change of heart/mind.0:44
- Other black characters saying that they don't blame white people for their troubles and that they don't experience racism. Further evidence of disagreement with the prejudice of the main character.0:52
- Introduction of another key character and plot development. Young black man is planning on running for school president, he has no ill will towards white people.0:54
- Conflict. The prejudiced main character is also running for president.1:06
- Another black character dissenting against the protagonist's views. "How do I feel about Dear White People? It's blacker-than-thou propaganda from a bougie Lisa Bonet-wannabe."1:14
- The introduction of a character who is black, but is not socially "black"; he doesn't feel "black enough for the union." This character is going to struggle with his identity because he doesn't fit in anywhere.1:24
- A white man expressing that he feels that white people (particularly educated white men) are now facing unfair challenges in society, most likely through the side effects of affirmative action. This is another important character and mindset, because it is very prevalent today.1:30
- A black character despairing that white people try to replicate their values, culture, and society and make it their own.1:47
- Exposing that the prejudiced main character actually is conflicted about her own identity! She likes Taylor Swift, and she tries to hide it. The white character in this scene calls her out on her bullshit. "You don't understand. Girls like me-" "Have to pick a side? I'm sick of your tragic, mulatto bull."
Again, this is just going off the trailer, but this looks like it's a movie with lots of well-rounded characters that smartly encapsulates the many facets of American society's notions on race and racism. This is not an attack on white people. This is not a soap box. This is smart and funny, and deserves to be approached with an open mind.