Lisa de Moraes, TV critic for the Washington Post, wanted to share her Aug. 24th column, "Sagging Survivor Plays the Race Card.
de Moraes ridiculed CBS's new edition of "Survivor" which debutes next month. The upcoming season will separate contestants into four tribes based on race.
Ken Parish Perkins, who writes a weekly media column for the Chicago Defender, also weighed in on the issue. Perkins claims white supremacists websites "are buzzing with possibilities. "
"Anything that pits the races in a tug-o-war, that creates a reason to rally behind a person just because of the color of their skin, whether it's the less-spoken kind, like a tennis match or Family Feud, falls right into their ideology of racial superiority," Perkins wrote in his column published Sept. 8.
Still, it isn't like many of us haven't rooted for a team or two because of race. For instance, when the Williams Sisters first came on the scene, didn't many blacks want to see them win simply because they were black? Yes, they were outstanding players from the start. But they were also the first black women to dominate the sport since Althea Gibson.
And didn't a lot of white people understand where Larry Bird was coming from a couple of years ago when he said "If you just had a couple of white guys in there, you might get white America a little excited."
Survivor--and it's creator, Mark Burnett, won't be breaking any taboos. They'll be keeping it real.