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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.

1 NEWS BROADCAST - VARIOUS SCREENS, VARIOUS PLACES 1

ANCHOR:

A “race war” has erupted at one of

the nation’s oldest and most

prestigious institutions.

Glued to this are our story’s subjects, who we meet in...

2 A SERIES OF SHOTS 2

TROY FAIRBANKS, 21, Black. He drags a brush through hisfinger waves anxiously. The look of guilt is the only markof imperfection in his privileged and chiseled demeanor.

ANCHOR (O.S.)

Outrage over an “African American

Themed” party organized by

predominately white students ofManchester University has resultedin rioting and property damages.

2A KURT FLETCHER, 21, white. No sympathy in his jaded blueeyes as he watches on an iPad in a lavish parlor room.

2A

ANCHOR (O.S.) (CONT’D)

Guests were invited to “liberate

their inner Negro, fry up chicken,

enjoy a sugar water concoctionknown as Purple drank and wearoversized Barack Obama T-shirts.”

2B COLANDREA CONNERS (COCO), 20, Black with blue contactsadjusts the straight bangs of her weave to better see thesmall TV in her dorm. A smirk on her glossy pink lips.

2B

*

ANCHOR (CONT’D)

Officials claim an investigation isunderway to find those responsiblefor the event and subsequent riot.

2C SAMANTHA WHITE (SAM) 21, records the broadcast in an 2C

edit bay. Despite her light skin, the Afro pick in her fropompadour leaves little doubt she identifies as Black.

ANCHOR (CONT’D)

In an effort to address diversityissues, the school appointedAfrican American scholar Dr. Walter

Fairbanks as Dean of Students.

2D LIONEL HIGGINS, 20, Black, watches through dark rimmed 2D

glasses in a bustling indifferent Dining Hall. A guilt painshis otherwise boyish face.

2.

ANCHOR (CONT’D)

Last year the Dean’s office

celebrated slight gains in diverse

applicants but with many now

calling for Fairbanks' resignation,

that may have been pre-mature.

2E

DEAN WALTER FAIRBANKS, a well adorned Black man in his 2E

50’s fights a panic as he watches in a stately office.

ANCHOR (CONT’D)

Up next, a cat that loves to water

ski? That and more after the break.

DEAN FAIRBANKS:

How could this happen?

TITLE CARD:
FIVE WEEKS AGO

3

EXT. MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY - DAY 3

This sprawling impressive mix of Colonial, Gothic and Modern

architecture is presented like a living brochure.

SUPERIMPOSE:
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY - “NOSCE TE IPSUM”

As we cut through the living brochure, we’re presented with

groups and programs. Their CRESTS and titles SUPERIMPOSED.

SERIES OF SHOTS - TOP ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

3A

White kids with “Trump” blazers and glares - DESMOND 3A

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS.

3B

Kids with dark eye circles and unkempt hair stand before 3B

the BING SCHOOL OF HISTORY.

3C

A cluster of skinny jeans and expressive hands before the 3C

GOODMAN MEDIA SCHOOL. ONE BLACK KID stands in the back.

SAM (V.O.)

Dear White People. The minimum

requirement of Black friends needed

to not seem racist has just been

raised to two.

4

INT. STUDIO BOOTH - DAY 4

Samantha White (Sam) watches the campus through a one way

window with the cool but knowing gaze of someone much older.

She gets off on sensing and pushing buttons - with a

subversive delivery style that boarders on deadpan.

SUPERIMPOSE:
SAMANTHA WHITE, SENIOR, VISUAL AND NEW MEDIA

3.

SAM (CONT’D)

Sorry, but your weed man Tyrone

does not count.

She fades in JAZZ on her control board and leans back to

address a box of pamphlet sized books bearing the title

“EBONY AND IVY: A SURVIVAL GUIDE.” One by one she scribbles

her autograph on the books.

5

EXT. ELLINGTON LIBRARY - DAY 5

SERIES OF SHOTS - NATIONALLY RENOWNED STUDENT GROUPS

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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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