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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

 
The Racism Menace

At FrontPage Magazine, Joel Mowbray has an article about an intriguing relaity show that seeks to explore the phenomenon:

On the cable television network FX (part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire, which owns Fox News), two weeks ago tonight marked the premier of a new show called "Black. White." (The third episode airs tonight.) The set-up is simple: two families, one black and one white, trade races. It is a "reality" show inasmuch as it involves real people and not actors, but a better label would be a "reality experiment."

The bluest of blue-staters might find this show offensive, for reasons other than this being a Fox show:

Given the utterly predictable casting that plagues most "reality" television, the white family could have been rednecks or cretin conservatives. They weren't. The white woman, in fact, is an unreformed 1960's era left-winger—and she was astoundingly offensive time and again. She viewed black people as exotic, almost alien. That she romanticized almost every difference found in black people hardly made her prejudice more tolerable. But her racism is emblematic of the most pervasive form of bigotry; she harbored no animosity or hatred, just ignorance.




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