Dear White People script
Synopsis: A campus culture war between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party.

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INT. STUDIO BOOTH - DAY 7

...Sam presses a button next to a red light on her controls.

SAM:

Talk to me.

INTERCUT with Gabe walking about on campus.

GABE:

What would you say if someone

started a Dear Black People?

SAM:

(recognizing the voice)

No need. Mass media from Fox News

to reality tv on VH1 makes it clear

what white people think of us.

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EXT. MANCHESTER COURT - DAY 8

SERIES OF SHOTS - POPULAR RESIDENCE HALLS

Manchester’s white and rich elite before BECHET HOUSE.

8A

Athletes of many disciplines before WEBSTER HOUSE. 8A

8B

An eclectic group of Black students with some Latinos and 8B

a sprinkling of whites before ARMSTRONG / PARKER HOUSE.

COCO (V.O.)

I’m fucking pissed...

5.

11 INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY 11

Colandrea Conners (Coco) trains her unnaturally blue eyes

right at us from a Youtube page pulled up on an iPad. She’s

got an entitled air about her. Even her cusses sound erudite.

COCO (YOUTUBE)

...I am! The whole point of

randomized housing is to mix shit

up. I’m out here trying to find the

Olivier to my Halle Berry, and

they’ve got me looking like an

extra on a Different World...

The video ends with a click. Looking up is HELMUT WEST, a

30’s something Black man in dark rimmed glasses and trendy

everything. Too stylish for this place. If he’s impressed,

it’s barely perceptible.

HELMUT:

You call your Youtube show “Doing

Time at an Ivy League?”

He stares right at Coco, there in the flesh.

COCO:

In my second year of a four year

sentence. Wanted to go to New York.

SUPERIMPOSE:
COLANDREA COCO CONNERS, SOPHOMORE, ECONOMICS

HELMUT:

Yeah? And do what?

COCO:

Things my mama taught me not to.

You know get in a lot of trouble

and become famous for it. But alas

I didn’t get into Tisch...

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Justin Simien

Justin Simien is an American filmmaker, actor, and author. His first feature film, Dear White People, won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. more…

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