NAACP Versus The Network

Outraged over the lack of minority representation in the new fall prime-time lineups, NAACP president Kweisi Mfume recently accused the major television networks of perpetuating "a virtual whitewash in programming." What do you think?

  • “Black people are just as entitled to their own underwritten, one-dimensional characters as the rest of us.”

    Steve Flores –
    Bricklayer

  • “I've worked with poverty-stricken youths in inner-city homeless shelters, and if there's one thing these kids need, it's to see more blacks on TV.”

    Tami Johnson –
    Social Worker

  • “With the possible exception of MLK's assassination, there has been no greater setback in the struggle for racial equality than the 1996 cancellation of Homeboys In Outer Space.”

    Dale Gibson –
    Systems Analyst

  • “You've got to realize, there are two sides to every story. As a network exec, sure, I was criticized by the NAACP, but the NAAWP named me their Man Of The Year.”

    Roy Bainbridge –
    Network Executive

  • “I'm behind the NAACP 100 percent. Why? Because I really care about advancing colored people. Let's hear it for the coloreds!”

    Carol Schinker –
    Bank Teller

  • “Dammit. The second you said 'Blacks on TV,' I got the theme from Martin stuck in my head. 'Mah-iiiin... Mah-iiiin.' Christ, that's annoying.”

    Doug Slattery –
    House Painter

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