Now, tell me, is that annoying? A Hollywood stunt. Or is that OK?---art_gurl
It's a little of all ot those.
Each viewer will draw his/her inference.
It happens in real life.
I hear 'friend'.
If the character were speaking to me, I as an African American, and as a 'black' man hear more.
Maybe friendship, maybe not.
But definitely 'acknowledgement-of-common-heritage and/or ancestry.