Cry for the Return of the Black Sitcom

Black women are always angry and Latinas are sassy and sexual. At least that’s the images some networks are creating, allowing no justice for women of color.

With shows such as “Love and Hip Hop”, “Basketball Wives”, and “Bad Girls Clubs” flooding network television with images of women bashing each other, fighting over men, and back-stabbing one another, it’s no wonder we can’t escape these generalized stereotypes that haunt us. Some would argue that they are merely entertainment, but at the expense of what? Our pride and dignity and most importantly how we are viewed. For us conscious women, we’re left to do the ground work in offering explanations as to why shows like these don’t represent us well, but our credibility is often shot to bits on Monday nights.

On Monday nights, millions of women tune into these reality television shows and by the end viewers resort to posting Facebook statuses and tweets about the person on the show that they can’t stand. Reality television is destroying sisterhood. It teaches us to lose patience with each other as quickly as we are to bash women we don’t know personally online. This influences us to hurt each other on a regular basis, subconsciously fantasizing about being those big, bad girls that we see on our screens.

What we need are good quality sitcoms that display images of love, respect, and unity – these are attributes that are often overshadowed in our communities. Can we get those back?

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