Coco, played by Antoinette Robertson, has been an outspoken opponent of Dear White People. She’s not against the show in which she stars. Dear White People is also the name of Samantha White (Logan Browning)’s radio show, and Coco took issue with her agenda, as well she should. Dear White People the series can only address the important social issues if it represents all sides of the conversation.
On the set of Dear White People’s third season, Robertson spoke with reporters about what’s new for Coco and the show. Dear White People returns Friday, August 2 on Netflix.
Spring is in the air on ‘Dear White People’
The first two seasons took place in the fall semester in the immediate aftermath of a blackface party. Season 3 jumps ahead to spring and that brings with it many changes overall, said Robertson.
“I feel like all of the characters on a whole are going through a period of growing pains so to speak,” Robertson said. “It’s spring for the first time at Winchester so it’s a period of transition for all, spring awakening, renaissance.”
Spring also awakens their voices to speak out against injustices.
“We’re all trying to figure out who we are and find our voices in a world that feels like it stifles our voices. It’s really nice to see everyone assert themselves and figure out who they are and who they want to be.”
The future is gaining on Coco
Spring also brings Coco closer to the real world. That becomes her primary focus this season.
“Coco individually is going through a period of transition where she’s also trying to figure out what is next after she graduates,” Robertson said. “Given that she has an entire timeline of things that have to happen specifically for her to achieve the height of success that she desires, a lot of things need to be in place.”
Coco hits the books in season 3
For a show about college, Dear White People only spends a little time in the classroom. It captures the full spectrum of the students’ social and political lives too. Coco focuses more on her studies as she wraps up her Winchester career.
“We see her now more in an academic light than we ever have, focusing and facing some obstacles so to speak, towards achieving the ultimate success we hope she achieves,” Robertson said.
People are on board with ‘Dear White People’ now
By season 3, Robertson has felt the audience for Dear White People grow. Once people started watching, they found different aspects of the show related to them.
“When they realized that we tell universal stories and yes, you may see people of color on this show, you also see white people on the show as well but we’re all going through something,” Robertson said. “Everyone’s dealing with identity issues whether it’s their sexual identity or who they are within a society that wants or believes them to be something that they’re not, like how they fit into a space, this predominantly white space if that makes sense.”
‘Dear White People’ gives Antoinette Robertson a platform on which to speak out too
Just starring on Dear White People makes a difference, helping the show tell these diverse, socially relevant stories. The show also elevates Robertson’s platform to speak out.
“I feel like I’ve always felt the responsibility to use my voice to speak out against injustice of any kind,” Robertson said. “We just so happen to be a group of artists that are very, very passionate about activism as well. Whether a million people watched it or two people watched it, we felt like we were doing our part in terms of our activism by using our art to inform and inspire the masses about prejudice and systemic racism.”
Being on Dear White People from 2017-2019 has also helped Robertson recognize the necessity for speaking out.
“I feel like we’ve grown as artists but I don’t believe that having more eyes on us did that,” Robertson said. “I feel like the fact that we’re in a climate that it feels like it’s dire, that we need to use our voices. I think at one point in time it was like well, should I? Should I not? We still did but I feel like now more than ever, we’re more emboldened to speak out against bigotry and ignorance.”