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HBO's "Girls" ended on April 16, much in the way that it started: Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) and Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams) embarked on a new adventure — this time in upstate New York — with a fundamental misunderstanding of and disregard for race.

The on-again friends left New York City to provide a quieter life for Grover, the child Hannah conceived with Paul Louis (Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani-American surf instructor she met while writing a magazine article on the camp he teaches at. 

Paul Louis has declined to participate in Grover's upbringing. Hannah has chosen to take a colorblind approach to raising her biracial child. That, in itself, is the problem.

Hannah has never, once, addressed her child's race, although she realizes her son is biracial.

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A colorblind approach to raising biracial children only harms them over time, according to Deborah H. Johnson, a transracial parenting expert at Adoptive Families.

"Discussing these dynamics as a family is essential to creating an environment where everyone feels loved and valued, because of, and in spite of, their race," she wrote in an essay for Adoptive Families. "The more you discuss race and color as a family, the less awkward this issue will become. You are not required to be experts, just good listeners."

Addressing whiteness, race, power, and privilege is essential for biracial children, but somehow, it's not relevant whatsoever to Hannah or Marnie. Grover will be raised by white women who have a flimsy understanding of race.

Twitter users immediately pointed out how "Girls" ending with Hannah having a biracial baby, who appears Black, is a flub.

Some Twitter users couldn't believe Grover is the product of a white woman and a lightskinned Pakistani man.

Other people highlighted how "Girls" has done a poor job with race, but attempted to rectify it by giving Hannah a biracial baby.

"Girls" is a coming-of-age show about white women living in gentrified Brooklyn.

It has no meaning beyond that — and the colorblind introduction of a biracial baby in the final episode doesn't change the show's vapidity.