How does Tarell McCraney depict the black experience?

McCraney depicted the black experience in America through his play titled In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. He expresses the struggles with unfair treatment by law enforcement combined with identity issues and homophobia that black men in America face.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney was born on October 17, 1980, in Liberty City, Florida. He is a notable playwright and actor, and he has served as a chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. One of his most notable works is titled In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, which is an autobiography depicting McCraney's accounts of life for openly gay black men in America.

The film tells of a homosexual boy growing up in south Florida struggling with a mother addicted to drugs. The film depicts the judgements, identity issues, homophobia, and stereotypes associated with openly gay black men in society. McCraney stated that it makes him feel depressed and very heartbroken about these issues and the unanswered questions that come with them. He further stated that the film brought about questions about his own identity and self-worth that he realized will remain in existence.

McCraney also speaks about society's idea of which characteristics a typical black man should have and how it ties into how society defines masculinity. He believes that the society as a whole still tends to be misogynistic, viewing masculinity as superior. There is also a belief in society that being homosexual will excuse individuals from certain situations.

McCraney states that this is not true and has not been his experience. Even though he is openly gay, McCraney states that he has still experienced being pulled over by law enforcement, removed from his car, placed in handcuffs, and laid face down in the rain for no reason. He states that these issues still exist for black men in America, regardless of their sexual preferences.

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