Quinton Aaron is best known for his role in The Blind Side as a black teenager living in a white world after being admitted as official. He has been productive at great length since then, but has not received warning at the same time. The recently released prisoner is playing Byron, going to work on an isolated farm of his half-brother – another character who is dependent on the goodwill of the whites but with a very different perspective.
The imprisonment of one of three black American men in prison for some time in his life is intensely racialized. There are multiple contributing factors, and Halfway does not present Byron innocently.