A Heritage of Stereotypes

Watching some cable
Wondering if Good Times, The Jeffersons, or What’s Happening
Could be made today
Flipping the channel
Watching some more cable
Wondering if the Dukes, All in the Family, or Chico and the Man
Could be made today

The crazy thing
Is that I loved all those shows
Granted, each had their stereotypical portrayals,
But there was something about the characters
That was so engaging

“Dynamite, Wheezy, ‘Hey, Hey, Hey'”
C’mon, those were great shows
Car chases, Meathead, living in the back of van
C’mon, those were great shows too
And each promoted positive values in
Their own way
Whether it was being proud,
Getting ahead,
Strong friendships,
Family,
Confronting bigotry,
Or accepting other cultures
They all played a role
Even if the characters were
More than a little stereotypical

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