Netflix has become a great space to watch entertainment involving many different demographics, cultures, and people. Shows like Dear White People, On My Block, and Luke Cage are great examples of this. In particular, Dear White People is a very current perspective on how African American people may feel about white people. To be even more specific, it comes from the angle of college students at an almost completely white based population at a prestigious Ivy League School. In many ways, what these characters go through, is what is seen on TV and in the news in real life. These issues range from social aggressions, to feeling left out in social settings because of skin color. It shows ‘modern segregation’ in a very 21st century feeling.
On My Block, is another example of minorities, and minority issues in the US being the focus of the show. It is also another example of the lens being from the side of young people, this time high school instead of college. In addition to African American young people in Dear White People, this show also showcases hispanics in Los Angeles. In traditional coming of age shows, a lot of the struggles are from the point of view of white students. So, to see other groups other than white people in the same type of show, brings up similar but also very different issues as these students try to figure out how to grow up and how to deal with high schools. Many traditional teenager shows are featuring rich white kids, while this show, is opposite, completely.
Luke Cage, again breaks the traditional trend of white protagonists, however this show is much different than the above, with it being a superhero show. Aside from the racial trends being altered in this series, it is also interesting to see Marvel produce a series about a superhero, instead of a feature film. Aside from that, it is one of the only new superhero productions featuring African Americans aside from the film Black Panther. As far as it being relatable or not for other audiences such as white people, it probably is not, but not because of race, more so because a superhero is a fantasy. Therefore, it really does not matter who is the hero- black, white, asian, etc, it is a fantasy. With that said, there are minor relatable factors in superhero films/shows that may be directed towards a certain demographic when the hero is humanized.
The relatable elements of the other two shows can be consistent to audiences outside of the featured demographic. However, drama and comedy that is directed to the problems of being a minority in an all white school for example, it probably only relatable to a small group of people, but others may be able to relate through discrimination they witness through other students in real life.