netflix’s ‘dear white people’ is even better than the movie

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“dear white people” was met with critical acclaim when it hit theaters in 2014. director and writer justin simien’s satire, which followed a group of black students at a predominantly white ivy league university, rejected the notion that we live in a post-racial society. three years later, the idea of a post-racial society isn’t one that needs to be disproved. we’ve gotten the message — through the incessant churn of social media, our 24-hour news cycle and the efforts of activists calling on a generation to wake up (or in more current parlance, “stay woke”).enter “dear white people,” the 10-episode netflix series, which begins streaming friday and elevates its source material into a deeply poignant exploration of where we are now. like its predecessor, which first arrived in the form of a concept trailer back in 2012, the series is a timely and hilarious sendup.simien adapted it for television and is the writer-director behind several episodes. but he taps several other directors — including “moonlight’s” barry jenkins — to helm installments, all of which feature characters subtly breaking the fourth wall, usually with pointed stares.the show’s tag...

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