If you’ve ever been a Black employee in a boardroom full of white executives — truly, my least favourite place on earth
— you know that watching the juggernaut Succession
is like getting a perverse peek into what horrible things those horrible bosses
say and do when they’re not on their best (read: still horrible) behaviour in your presence. On the rare occasion that there are Black characters in the room on the show, specifically Black women this season, they offer insight into the reality of how we are overlooked, ignored, exploited and dismissed — and how Black women can expose the insecurities of powerful white people. In order to succeed at depicting its specific brand of white privilege, Succession
has to fail its Black characters. Whether it’s through a well-timed eye roll, the purposefully measured tone of a carefully constructed sentence, or a blistering one-liner, the Black women on Succession
do a lot with very little, whether it’s on the page or not.