In 1986, I was 13
and the world was changing.
Oprah Winfrey had her first talk show,
Hands Across America gave Jordan Peele the idea for "Us,"
the USSR launched a space station,
and Halle Berry came in second place in Miss USA.
She lost to Christy Fichtner.
But Christy doesn't have an Oscar.
- 1986 was a big year for my family, too. - Morning.
"Alicia Johnson. Partner."
My mom was leaning into her new promotion.
And when dad became a teacher, he found his calling.
I'm Mr. Jackson.
But I hope you'll call me...friend.
And my sister Santamonica
realized she was a nasty girl, thanks to Ms. Jackson.
I need backup dancers!
Back then, families also used to gather
to watch television together,
and our family show was "Dukes of Hazzard."
Man, I am too excited for "Dukes of Hazzard" tonight.
That's right, we loved a show about two good ol' boys
outrunning the cops in their car
with a Confederate flag on it.
In some ways,
1986 was a really long time ago.
Is it weird that the two of you
have the same favorite TV show?
Once a week, he and I are both rooting against the police.
I'm not gonna question it.
-我喜欢你的新造型 孩子 -谢谢 老爸
- Love the new look, son. - Thanks, Dad.
Getting you not to dress like a hitchhiker
is the best use of my tax dollars
since the moon landing.
Since when do you pay taxes?
In 1986, I was coming into my own
as a young, gifted, and mixed young woman.
And I wanted to help my brother, Johan,
grow into the confidence that I had.
A bully at school called Johan a really bad name.
A really bad name? What did he call you?
I don't remember.
He's on his third concussion. He may be telling the truth.
Rainbow, what name did that bully call your brother?
It's so bad I can't say it.
I can say it. Can I say it?
Oh, please! Please let me say it!
H-Hold up. It's -- It's not...
Yeah. I think it's that word.
My parents couldn't believe that their son
dhad been hit with the Mac Daddy of slurs.
For the first time,
Johan was called --
Okay. We're all adults here.
So I'm just gonna say it.
Wait. I'm not gonna get in trouble if I say it, right?
I really hoped this day would never come.
Racism. Always right on time.
Like a Japanese train.
Whoa, Dad, that's a little racist.
Have you ever been to Tokyo?
They're always on time.
Yeah, with their funny little ninja costumes
and samurai swords.
You know what? We've been prepared for this.
- I'll get the binder. - Binder?
Yeah. As involved in The Movement as I was,
I saw the impact slurs had on children.
So I made this binder.
"So You've Been Called The N-word"?
I tried to make it into a children's book,
but America wasn't ready for it.
"You've been called a word,
it's rude and it's dirty,
it's not who you are, but still it feels hurty."
-等等 爸 别说了 -不 我知道
- Wait, Dad, stop. - No. I know.
"Hurty" isn't a word, but it still applies.
I know what you went through hurts.
But sadly, every Black person in this country
has felt what you're feeling.
I went through this,
your Aunt Dee-Dee went through this,
Martin Luther King Jr. Even went through this.
Martin Luther King Jr. Was called a beaner?
- What? - Wait, what?
That's what you were called?
But you're not Mexican.
Assuming that guy really is your dad.
For the last time,
we weren't an orgy commune,
we were an overthrow capitalism commune.
Whew, okay. So it wasn't the word.
I feel so relieved.
Yeah, that's what I'm saying. It's not that big of a deal.
No, it's not nothing, it's still a mean word,
but, um... never saw this coming.
We all probably should've.
That hair definitely celebrates Cinco de Mayo.
Well, I'm just glad I don't have to listen
to whatever else is in that binder.
And I don't have to dress up like a 10-year-old
to fight a kid.
I have done it before.
Why are you all relieved?
It's still a terrible thing to call someone.
Oh, sure, yeah, it's --
- it's terrible. - It's so terrible.
- Awful. - Awful.
- Really bad. - Horrible.
Alicia, d-do you want to...
tell the kids the history of that word?
It's, uh -- It's...
Honey, can I have a quick sidebar with you?
- Conversation? - Oh, absolutely.
Kids, why don't you, uh,
go play before "Dukes of Hazzard"