Aaron (Tyriq Withers) looking in the camera, hinting at what he is about to do
Aaron (Tyriq Withers)

After living his life being thankful for being white-passing, a young man has to prove he is Black enough to get a full-ride scholarship.


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After living his life being thankful for being white-passing, a young man has to prove he is Black enough to get a full-ride scholarship.


Aired (FX) 5/12/2022
Directed By Donald Glover
Written By Donald Glover
Introduced This Episode
Greg George Wallace
Aaron Tyriq Withers
Robert “Shea” Lee Kevin Samuels
James Don Woods
Kate Rachel Resheff
Felix Tireni Oyenusi

This content contains pertinent spoilers.

Recap

I Felt Privileged Until Today – James, Greg, Robert, Kate, Aaron

James (Don Woods) checking his son
James (Don Woods)

Aaron is biracial and white-passing. Alongside this, Aaron doesn’t have Black friends, and even his girlfriend, Kate, is white. However, breaking stereotypes, it seems Aaron is raised by his very Black father.

Which, for Aaron, is all well and good until a man named Robert “Shea” Lee reveals to all graduating seniors that he will give a full-ride scholarship to anyone’s that’s Black, and can prove it. For Aaron, this is a blessing since he’d like to go to ASC, but with James having no desire to put his name on any loans, this is Aaron’s only shot at going there and sticking with his crew.

I’m Not Black Enough? – Greg, Robert, Aaron, Felix

The problem is, between Robert and his crew, especially Greg, Aaron is determined to not be Black. They see him more as a Clarence Thomas Black or off-white. With the denial of his Blackness, Aaron pitches a fit and plans to burn down the school which has been renamed after Robert, due to a generous donation.

However, another student, Felix, who is African, and also was rejected, planned to burn down the school as well. Now, as for why Felix was rejected? Well, because he could trace his lineage to a specific country and was even partly raised in Africa.

But, with Felix and Aaron battling it on school grounds after Aaron makes a colorism joke, neither one burns down the school, but Felix does get shot in the head. Don’t worry, he lives, and after being shot by cops, when Robert shows up, he plans to pay Felix’s medical bills and determines that getting shot by the cops makes Felix Black. Thus, he gets a scholarship, and Aaron? He just gets a record.

It Was All Good About A Year Ago – Aaron, Kate

Kate (Rachel Resgeff) seeing Aaron a year after high school
Kate (Rachel Resgeff)

So, what ultimately happened to Aaron? Well, a year later, he is working at a tech store, trying to make some sales, and he is now Blacker than ever. Which catches a visiting Kate by surprise, and honestly, while she dumped him for not being able to go into ASC, this new look? She might be into it.

Things To Note

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Where was Aaron’s mother?

What Could Happen Next

  1. The only guess that could be the least bit accurate is the season finale could see the end of Paperboi’s European tour

Review

Highlights

The Question of What and Who Is Black?

While Black people, American Black people specifically, aren’t a monolith, there is the question of what should be considered common traits? Would it be knowing what Hennessey goes with? Perhaps having a negative interaction with cops? Knowing what terms or phrases are used when not in mixed company?

Greg (George Wallace) testing Aaron's Blackness
Greg (George Wallace)

It’s a complicated question, and while conversations about reparations have long died down, Robert’s desire to narrow down whose Blackness qualifies them, since being ADOS (American Descdenet of Slaves) doesn’t count present a future problem. At least if Black Americans were ever given a form of reparations, despite how many, like Aaron’s friends, think Black people are already given certain financial assistance for being Black, especially if you combine poor with that.

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Aaron (Tyriq Withers) looking in the camera, hinting at what he is about to do
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Overall
At this point, Atlanta seems to want to throw everyone off every other episode by presenting a core question of what life would be like if this happened and letting the madness play out. Which, consistently, it has yet to present a scenario that wasn't comical yet thought-provoking.
Highlights
The Question of What and Who Is Black?
Disputable
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