'Black-ish' Tackles Donald Trump Presidency

Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and the cast discuss the latest controversial episode for the ABC sitcom that hasn't shied away from hot button issues.
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??? If there's one sitcom fearless enough to take on issues like police brutality and the election, it's ABC's "Black-ish," the show has been unapologetic in his candor from the beginning. So much so that even president-elect Donald Trump once suggested it was politically incorrect. It turns out the show's stars and creator are just as outspoken. ??? How do I say goodbye to what we had ??? Reporter: Anthony Anderson's character on "Black-ish" is mourning the final days of the Obama administration. So this is why you took a sick day from work, to make a slide show? What happens when the winners and the losers are supposed to be on the same team? Reporter: This week's episode leaps head first into the tension surrounding the pleakz. Seriously? What happens? Reporter: The Johnson family is floored by the surprise election of Donald Trump. Why aren't you guys dressed for school? We don't have school today. They gave us a day of reflection. Reporter: Anderson plays dre, a Los Angeles ad executive and father of four. The family is watching the election results come in and there is sheer devastation on their faces, to Donald Trump's election. Is that something you experienced when you watched it, or were you that surprised? Sheer devastation? No, I'm not going to say I experienced that, but sheer surprise, yes. The people voted. He resonated with a lot of Americans who were looking for change and felt this was the person that could bring them what they wanted. Reporter: It's not the first time the ABC comedy has taken on hot-button issues. Like whether it's ever appropriate to use the N word. ??? ??? she ain't messing with no broke ??? Reporter: And the complicated reality surrounding police brutality. Obviously I am anti-police brutality. Wh but that doesn't mean I have to be anti-police. Reporter: The show's creator. Why an episode on the election? I woke up Wednesday morning and I was like, I gotta write something. I came into work and the thing that led up to it, the kf conversations around the table. Reporter: What he was hearing in his world, shock and outrage over the election of trump. A man many assumed would lose to Hillary Clinton. I voted for trump. Oh, my god! Reporter: Does Donald Trump's election scare you? No. We all have to come together and fight for what we believe is right, what we believe is fair. Some people want to put their head in the sand and think it's going to go away. And it's not. How is this our fault? If you all had turned out for Hillary, the way you turned out for Barack Obama. Reporter: Dray and his colleagues explore in tomorrow night's episode about what motivate the trump supporters. There's all this yapity yap about a first female president, and you don't show up! Of course I want a female president, I just didn't want it to be here. Reporter: You heard from every perspective? Not everyone that we interact with in our live is of the same accord and that should reflect on the stories we tell on our shows. Reporter: "Black-ish" has been on Donald Trump's radar for a while. When the show laurched in 2014, he tweeted, how is ABC television allowed to have a show entitled "Black-ish"? Can you imagine a show entitled "White-ish"? Racism at its highest level. If you look at the landscape of television, you don't have to have a show called whitish, because that's what network television was or has been for quite some time. We rarely get to it tell our stories. Did you think there was something legitimate to Donald Trump saying this is racism at its highest? No, much as I don't agree with much of what he's saying. Reporter: Blackish has distinguished itself by tackling controversy through humor. Tracy Ellis Ross wears her frustration over the election on her sleeve. What's going on, dude? Seriously? What? Everything you're wearing is from an NPR commercial. She's wearing all the swag. I'm spinning out of control, unclear on how to respond to what I'm feeling. Habitat for humanity sweat pants. What I like about my character, like I didn't do Christmas gifts this year. I donated to planned parenthood and the aclu. Reporter: Jennifer Lewis made waves leading up to the election releasing a video on her Facebook page with an aggressive get out the vote campaign. ??? ??? Reporter: How real did that feel to you on this set? It was very emotional for me. It was not easy to react with the four children sitting next to me on that sofa. I'm ashamed of what we've left them. Reporter: The four young actors on the show say working on a series that takes on real-life issues empowers them. We learned a lot of things from "Black-ish," like police brutality, the election, and usually stuff that you wouldn't think kids our age would actually know. Having a show that is intentionally socially aware, it helps foster your own awareness opinion. Within yourself. Yes. It's very cool because our show, I think we definitely talk about a lot of these social issues and we get to learn about different people throughout history, and it definitely awakens your interest in those kinds of things. Reporter: The kids on this show have grown up for eight years with a black president. Yeah, they grew up in a situation with a black family in the white house, Jay-Z and Beyonce, king of the world. So this is the first time they get to say, oh, the rubber hits the road. Reporter: Will "Black-ish" continue to explore subjects around maybe this new administration? I'm sure we will find some interesting ways to tackle this subject. Reporter: For "Nightline," I'm Deborah Roberts in Burbank, California.

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