TV Club: Black-ish: “Switch Hitting”

“Switch Hitting” falls squarely in Black-ish‘s wheelhouse. It’s exactly the kind of story the show was created to tell, so it comes as no surprise that the episode was written by series creator Kenya Barris. “Switch Hitting” is the type of episode Black-ish should be able to slay with ease, and yet the episode never quite reaches its full potential. It’s a perfectly funny half-hour, but it has some conceptual flaws that weaken its impact.

A good buddy of mine, who is black, recently got married and relocated to Salt Lake City with his wife after she accepted a prestigious medical fellowship. He told me about an unsettling experience he had, one that deals directly with the themes of double consciousness invoked in “Switch Hitting.” When news broke that a grand jury failed to indict former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of …

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