‘black-ish’ tackles police brutality in powerful episode

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Comedy met controversy in Wednesday night’s episode of black-ish when the Johnson’s confronted the subject of race relations in this country. Parents Dre and Bow, played by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, faced the difficult task of talking to their children about the topic.

This took place after the family gathered around the TV to watch a police brutality case play out in a courtroom and in the streets.

“If you’re asking us to lie to Jack and Diane… I can’t support you on that,” said Pops, played by Laurence Fishburne. The actor is well known for his roles in The Matrix, What’s Love Got to Do with It, and Boyz in the Hood.

The family spoke of high profile cases such as Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland. They even re-lived the moment President Obama was inaugurated in 2009 as the first African American president of the United States.

According abcnewsgo, some of the episodes struck a nerve for Grandmother Ruby, played by actress Jennifer Lewis. The Missouri native grew up near Ferguson.

“I was warned as a child never to go to Ferguson alone. But Ferguson had a movie theatre and Kinlock didn’t. So I was not bothered by racism, I went and sat there with my popcorn and I imagined myself on the silver screen, so Ferguson was personal for me.”

The show airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.