Black Mirror Reflection: Chameleon

By Jasmine Powell

After watching the assigned episodes of “Black Mirror,” it made me contemplate a lot of things in our society as it relates to technology. It was thought-provoking, but also relevant to our culture in America as of today.

If I were to do a “Black Mirror” episode, I would be about something relevant and still prevalent today, which would be racial tensions and gender. My “Black Mirror” episode would be called “Chameleon,” and it would be about racial tensions and the need for others to conform to survive.

In “Chameleon,” the main character would be a black teenage girl named Samiah, who lives in New Hampshire with her mother and little brother, Mason. Her mother has just gotten a divorce from her father, who left their family to be with a white woman downtown.

Her family is deeply traumatized by this, and it takes a toll on Samiah, who attends a predominately white high school. She is a genius when it comes to technology and engineering, which is a love she gained from her father, who specializes in that field. He leaves behind his work space where he tries to create new and innovative things.

Although Samiah thrives in school, she cannot seem to connect with her white classmates. She is outcasted most of the time, and when she brings up ideas in the class, her classmates can’t seem to understand her or her outlook on things. She often feels intimidated and pressured to explain who she is.

One night, she goes into her father’s old work space and looks over the things that he has left behind, one being a suit. She looks over it, and on the screen, we can see that she is working out mathematical equations, putting things together, and she begins to work on the suit.

Fast-forward a few weeks, and Samiah marvels at the work that she has done. She puts on the suit in the bathroom and comes out as a white teenage male.

As soon as she walks out of the door, she is introduced to a completely new environment. She goes throughout the episode seeing how it feels to be a white male. It is very different from her own life, and at times throughout the day, she begins to feel envious of the lifestyle. Overall, she finds that even though she is now a white male, she is still Samiah inside, and desires to go back to her old life.

At the end of the day, she takes the suit off, but finds that she can’t and begins to panic. She calls her father, even though they are not on good terms and tells him her situation.

He comes to her quickly, and they talk about his decisions, and she questions whether he left her mother because he felt that white women were better or superior, and he denies those claims, saying that things just didn’t work out.

After having their heart to heart, the suit is removed. The scene cuts to Samiah and her father on the doorstep as he hugs her goodbye and gives her a forehead kiss.

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