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Yes, I watched “Black. White.” last night on FX

Black. White. is the “reality” show about two families that trade races for a six week period.  The families undergo a daily makeup session to transform their appearances.  The show was kinda slow, but I thought it was entertaining.  I might watch it again next week.  I say “reality” because it is like so many of the contrived shows on TV today.  How real is it when people’s daily activities are recorded with a small film crew?  How real can you be when there is a boom microphone dangling just over your head?  I’m glad it was just an hour show.  I wasn’t going to make it past the first hour.  It didn’t hold my attention that well.

I think the real Black guy, Brian is a little too sensitive.  He seems to be one of those guys that would look at an incident and fight within himself whether or not he should see a racist situation.  Like, he would see a white guy driving a car with a Black passenger and be like, “Look at the white guy driving his employee to work”.  Brian would be the same guy to look at a Black guy driving a car with a white passenger and think, “Look at the Black guy driving his boss to work.”

While I must admit that I’ve experienced rascist acts firsthand, I don’t think that all negativity around me by whites (or Blacks) is rascist.  I think that most negativity is based on one’s cherished ignorance and stupidty.  So while one person might (choose to) see a rascist act, I choose to see a stupid act.

All I hope to gain from this show is for more people to understand that rascism does exist and is well hidden behind corporate walls.  All of those people that were pelting stones a high school kids in the 50’s and 60’s are now the CEO’s and presidents of our most important institutions.

I’m grateful that my parent’s fought and were jailed for their rights.  If it weren’t for them and others like them, I’d probably be fighting and in jail for my daughter’s right to peacefully enjoy the benefits in the greatest country on Earth.  We’ve still got a long way to go.

Stand up for what’s right people, even if it is unpopular!


Posted by SPN on 03/09 at 08:25 AM in Racism / Prejudice

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