Jan. 25, 2021
Provoked Thoughts White On White Then Even More White, My View Of America
Growing up in the 60's the All-American married couple was Rob and Laura Petrie and the one son Ritchie. I clearly remember the show so vividly, the one thing I noticed early on was that the Petrie's had no at that time negro friends, or neither did Joan and Ward Cleaver, or their sons Wally and the Beaver, neither did Steve Douglas, and his three sons Mike, Robbie, or Chip or even Ernie. Come to think of it neither Jim Anderson, or Margaret Anderson, or their children Betty, Bud, and Kathy had even one Negro friend. Did any blacks ever visit JD Clampett, Jethro, Granny, Ellie May? What about Mr. Drysdale or Jane Hathaway did they see black folks? Did any blacks ever go around the Junction? How about Green Acres damn Abner could’ve used some black help growing crops. The Professor, Ginger, Mary Anne, Skipper, Gilligan, Thurston Howell and his wife never saw a black face heck they even had the audacity to use white natives and color them red. Now we know Mayberry, North Carolina was a Sundown Town right? These were a few of the shows that exhibited supposed day to day living in America. All white because only white was deemed right.
The television screens of Black Americans was lily white. Black children never had role models of their own kind to model after. You wonder why we the black communities were so screwed up psychologically. If all you saw day in and day out was a wide world of white. You would have negative social and emotional effects bordering on multiple neuroses as well. Add that to Jim and Jane Crow Black Codes and boy can I get an amen on our survival instincts competing in a world based solely on white supremacy. It's a miracle that individuals my age or older were even able to sing "we shall overcome" because in the world of media and entertainment "we as Black Americans were actually overrun" by the of whiteness of oppression and the absolute whiteness of our television screens. Why even have a color television when the only color were the leaves on the damn trees. I say living through that deserves some reparations payments.