Thompson-Spires is able to circumvent the barrow lens by which African-American are just just seen by the society, but by which they see themselves, each story is, in some way, shape or form, framed by the racial tropes and stereotypes by which the characters are constantly judged. So, both the frustrated artist and anime loving African-American man are gunned down by the police after fighting over an innocuous insult,  so one girl is fighting a constant battle with the kinks of her hair as she struggles to fulfil the Westernised notion of beauty and so two otherwise intelligent and articulate women are drawn into a petty squabble after their daughters-the only two black pupils in an affluent private school-develop an anonymity partially driven by the sense of dislocation they feel.

More than this, Thompson-Spires explores the artificiality behind many of our social interactions in the digital world; one girl is so obsessed with gathering likes and followers on social media that she concocts increasingly theatrical ways of committing suicide and another,  a Youtube vlogger, is driven to a fit of self-loathing after nearly posting a video where she is, unlike her other videos, honest and forthright about her insecurities and instead opting for the easy fiction of social media.

Thompson-Spires is not only able to skilfully explore what it is like to black in modern America and all of the pressures this brings, but also how discombobulating and dehumanising it can be to exist in a world full of so much artifice and superficiality and where we are in constant search of an identity which forever eludes us.