Monday, September 26, 2005

the black family

It's always bothered me that reality TV shows and game shows only allow one, maybe two black contestants to participate (to say nothing of Latinos, who almost never get to play). It's so obviously a forced, restrained concession. Like February.

Now comes a new season of The Amazing Race. A family edition, with teams of four. And, of course, there's one black family.

Thing is, their last name is Black.

So when they come on screen, "The Black Family" flashes across the bottom.

Now, I don't mean any disrespect for the Blacks. They worked hard to get on the show, and they deserve to be there, and I, for one, hope they win.

But if there was ever a time to have more blacks on the show, this is it. With the Black Family being the only black family, it feels a lot like a Wayans Brother skit.

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