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Have u ever thought about African Americans invalid with television If not in this report you willlearn about how African Americans have influenced television You will learn about televisionshows that have effected television and also just certain people that have effected television alsoCommercial television was born in 1948 as each of the three major networks ABC CBSand NBC began broadcasting 1948 was also a great year in African American history with thedesegregation of the United States armed forces to see Blacks in the American Military and anendorsement of civil rights in the presidential platform of the Democratic Party headed byPresident Harry S Truman httpwwwafricanacomtt178htmAs television news shows began to report seriously on racism and the fight for civil rightstelevisions entertainment programs became even more white Since its birth the medium hadavoided controversy During the 1960s as protests rose against both racism and the Vietnam Warprogramming became less and less realistic For example some of the most popular shows ontelevision at that time were Witches Genies and other Escapist Fantasy As the cultural critic JFred McDonald pointed out comedies such as Petticoat Junction and The Andy Griffith Showboth set in the South portrayed all-white worlds in which prejudice did not existhttpwwwafricanacomtt178htmIn 1965-a movie that came out starred Bill Cosby and Robert Culp both AfricanAmericans The name of it was I Spy The movie was directed to race mostly By the late 1960stelevision began to come out from its fantasy world to present programming more in touch withthe reality of the present times The first comedy series to deal with race was All in the Family ashow with a mostly white cast At its head was Archie Bunker a racist While some felt thatArchies use of racial slurs amounted to prejudice most saw the series as an important movetoward realism particularly in terms of race relations on televisionThe Bunkers next doorneighbors were a black family whose characters were later featured in a popular spin-off seriesThe Jeffersons which
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