In the coming days (or weeks?), DeAngelo and I will have a semi-structured discourse on five questions, with questions 1, 3 and 5 posed by him, questions 2 and 4 posed by me. These questions will explore racism, white supremacy, black nationalism, etc.
I will break off each question into its own post, with our consequent back-and-forth dialogue running in the comments section.
This is not a “win-or-lose” type formal debate; it’s a conversation. Readers are welcome to comment, but please focus your comments on the arguments of me and DeAngelo, as opposed to your reactions to the original question.
This weekend we will kick around DeAngelo’s QUESTION #1, presented below. I intend to post my QUESTION #2 on Monday.
QUESTION #1: Since we’re in the middle of a writers’ strike... why have there been virtually no hourlong dramas with a predominantly Black cast, utilizing Black characters and written by Black writers? Most television shows that carry a majority Black cast are sitcoms.
Is this a function of white supremacy because the studios are run by white men? Or is it because these studios don’t think a show with Black characters can carry out universal themes of (as you have been quoted) “the human condition”?