During tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes has figured out how to tackle police brutality, domestic violence, and losing your religion all in under an hour. It's the police biases and brutality that has the show trending on twitter though.
On tonight's episode, a 13 year-old boy was shot by police for climbing through his window after he forgot his keys. He reached for his phone to call his parents and the police shot the child in the neck. Jesse Williams who plays Dr. Avery, was openly disgusted with the police officers actions and called out the officers for shooting a child based on biases of what they deem "threatening."
Adding to that emotional moment, the death of the 13-year-old at police hands led Chandra Wilson who plays Dr. Bailey, to have "the talk" with her own son. Bailey and her husband sat down with their son Tucker to explain how a young black male has to conduct himself when confronted by police or even when playing with his "white friends."
Social media quickly reacted to tonight's episode expressing their frustration with police and emotional heartbreak over the thought of having to have this conversation with children. Many expressed how the show helped open the eyes of "privileged white men" who liked to ignore these privileges or find excuses for police actions.
My dad is a white male who is often blinded by his privilege, but tonight I noticed he was humbled & upset watching #GreysAnatomy w/me. @shondarhimes, @iJesseWilliams, Chandra Wilson - Thank u for using this show to tackle tough issues & for moving us to do more #BlackLivesMatter— Mallory (@MalpalCreation) January 26, 2018
“The reaction you give to a white kid versus a black kid. That’s the difference.” #GreysAnatomy I’m legit in tears.— Nikki (@_KNikole_) January 26, 2018
I'm a middle class white stay at home mom, in a town that's 98% white. Most of my experience with racism is on the news. I live a charmed life that way. That monologue from @iJesseWilliams just made racism more accessible then a years worth of the news did. #greysanatomy— Theresa Mitchell (@miclogger) January 26, 2018
Shoutout to the writers of #GreysAnatomy for using their platform to tackle so many important issues— Melina (@melinagraace) January 26, 2018
People of color can’t even walk down the street without looking dangerous or suspicious to police. It is so sad #GreysAnatomy— Courtney (@AnatomyMer93) January 26, 2018
Leave it to a tv series, to finally open the eyes for people who were previously deaf to these issues.