Jan 8, 2013

Today's 'Quote of the Day' comes from an essay that was written by Alyssa Rosenberg for ThinkProgress website.  Here essay centers around NBC's new show 'Deception' which stars actress Meagan Good.  The essay she wrote was entitled, "NBC's 'Deception,' And Why Colorblindness Is Not Progressive."
Here is the quote:
Colorblindness is a form of privilege, of refusing to connect with people by hearing about their experiences, and of refusing to benefit by understanding the role race plays in your own. And in terms of enriching the stories you tell, it's also a tactic that may keep you safe from causing offense, but at the cost of embracing a drab and narrow spectrum for your characters to live in.

1 comment:

  1. Even though I regularly engage in conversations pertaining to race, I have to admit that when it comes to tv, film, and entertainment, my first inclination usually has nothing to do with race. So after reading the essay, I was like, "The pilot was just aired yesterday. What are we having this race/social responsibility conversation already?" Based on the interview, it doesn't sound like race relations is not on the writer's radar screen. But does it have to be? Sure they can go there but do they have to?

    The story is about a young woman going undercover to find out what happen to her childhood best friend. Do the writers have to seize the moment and be "historically accurate" about how race truly affected her and her mother? Are they trying to paint the picture of "good white people" or are they just trying to tell the story of how she goes undercover to find out what happened to her childhood friend?

    Her mother was the help. The racial dynamics at play could be a forgone conclusion of the viewer not necessarily in your face. But I guess that is Ms. Rosenberg's concern; viewers yet again will have a whitewashed view of history.

    I understand her point, but I wonder is it really that deep? Entertainment can be educational but I do not expect it to be and I do not know that I would want it to be all the time. For this particular show, I do not know that it is necessary. My only critique of the show was why is there another person playing the teenagers. Meagan Good is still young enough to play her teenage self. People don't change that much between adolescence and adulthood. Beyond that I think the show has great potential.