Jimmie Walker Says Your Constant Complaining Discourages Studios From Taking Risks On Black Stories

From Shadow and Act Wed Jan 2 2013, 15:13:05

In a good interview with NPR earlier today, Jimmie Walker of Good Times fame, had a few things to say, when host Michel Martin asked him to respond to criticism (then and still now) of the show that would make him a star - specifically, the notion that it encouraged and exploited stereotypes of black people. In addition to challenging those criticisms by exalting the show's pros (like the many issues that affected the black community that it did tackle), Walker argued that it is essentially because of the fact that we (black people - although, in fairness, not all of us), routinely (and reductively, I might add) reject what we deem as "negative" depictions of black people...

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