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“I have never been as afraid about an episode of television that I’ve written in my life,” “Blackish” creator Kenya Barris said in a phone interview ahead of Wednesday’s episode, which deals with police brutality.

The episode, titled “Hope,” finds the Johnson family watching news coverage of a case involving an African American teenager. They grapple with how to talk to the family’s youngest members — twins Jack and Diane — about the community reaction to the case and others like it.

Barris said that while he believes police brutality is an important issue, the crux of the episode is the challenge of talking to young children about difficult topics to which they’re constantly exposed. Barris began thinking about the episode in 2014 as he and his family watched coverage of a Ferguson grand jury declining to indict a police officer for shooting an unarmed black teenager.

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