#Can I legit say that like I was surprised as hell#That he actually gave a speech about how the past isn’t as perfect as nostalgics like to pretend it was#And that he was a victim of racism and homophobia and that the NYPD was sexist as hell#And thus he doesn’t share the ‘Those were the good ole’ days’ attitude many others and the media do?#ALL MY LOVE (x)
But Peralta doesn’t really get it, though. That’s the part that really drives this scene home for me. Peralta listens to this story and still lionizes that bigoted old reporter, because he’s not ready to hear the truth, that his hero is scum.
Peralta can shrug off this story and keep going, as he does, because that is what white privilege means: it means being able to listen politely and leave the racist experience. Holt’s entire life is a racist experience.
Peralta’s one of the Good Ones, but it’s not until Brogan actually calls his captain a “homo” in front of him that Peralta realizes and reacts. Holt’s sharing his own story is not enough — Perralta needs to see bigotry in action before he recognizes it as real. And isn’t that how our relationships with liberal white people always go? They get it, but they don’t really get it.
Brooklyn Nine Nine is a ludicrous comedy, but its emotional beats and complex relationshps are more honest and realistic than most dramas airing right now.
I love this show.