Smart Guy

Black Families: The Roundup

Tea, toast, and good times with the Ambrose clan and their extended family.

Check out all of the posts for our Black Families Theme Week here.

‘Smart Guy’: Intelligent Black Families and Race-Bending Tropes


The humor isn’t meant to put down white folks, but rather poke fun at the very real actions of white guys who attempt to adopt Black culture simply because it’s “cool.” This sort of behavior has existed in “white sitcoms” for nearly a century (making the Back character the “token” of the show) and it seems the only reason ‘Smart Guy’ comes under fire is because white critics are now seeing the characters they identify with in positions that aren’t of power or virtue.