The movie features Sam White, a production major studying at the Winchester University, a very prestigious school comprising of predominantly fair-skinned students. She’s a pretty sharp tongued person who also hosts a witty radio show going by the name ‘Dear White People.’ Sam also has a self-published book titled ‘Ebony and Ivy’ to her credit. The way she expresses her views often causes a stir and controversies among the student body and administration of the school. You can see her openly criticizing the fair skinned people and the way they treat African-Americans at the Winchester University.

Tensions start arising after Sam wins the election and gets appointed as the head of Armstrong/Parker house, the only house on the campus that has all African-American students. What’s even more remarkable is that she beats Troy Fairbanks, her ex-boyfriend, to win that election. Troy is the son of Winchester University’s Dean. He always had the dream of writing comedy rather than becoming a lawyer, but gives into his father’s pressures who doesn’t want him to get profiled by the fair skinned population. Troy’s father expects nothing but the best from him.

There’s another character Coco who has major issues with Sam White as the reality TV producer that she had been trying to impress shows interest in doing a show with Sam instead. Lionel Higgins, an African-American student with homosexual tendencies finally gets a chance to find his place in the school when he gets recruited by the most prestigious student paper of the University to write an article on Sam White and how it feels being an African-American student at the University.

It is when Kurt, a fair skinned student who is the son of school’s President, comes up with a blackface theme for the school’s annual party (as a direct response to the outspoken show run by Sam), African-American students come in hordes, leading to a confrontation and brawl.