When I heard recently that the popular TV show “Survivor” was going to divide their show contestants by race I was shocked. I believe this is the wrong move to make and frankly I am surprised that CBS television went along with the idea. The people of the United States have struggled with the issue of race relations for generations and most experts believe that for our nation to continue to expand its thinking in regards to race, everyone must try as best as they can to become color blind. I see this latest move by the producers of “Survivor” as some kind of stunt to increase the shows ratings, but there should be some boundaries that even a reality TV show follows when it comes to the topics they put on national television.
I saw parts of an interview conducted by Harry Smith on the CBS Morning Show where he was critical of “Survivor” producers for dividing contestants in this way and I am in complete agreement with Smith. This latest controversy proves to me once again that Hollywood will do almost anything to make a buck and while many celebrities express their openly liberal views in the press, in reality those views always take a back seat to the number one goal of most folks out there and that goal is making big money anyway you can. I have lived in Texas all my life and have friends from all ethnic backgrounds. The reason I have these friends is because I do not judge them based on their race and neither do they judge me on that criteria.
As far as I am concerned racism isn’t a liberal or conservative issue, but one of common decency based on the principles of the Holy Bible. The “Golden Rule” states that we should do unto others as we would wish them to do unto us and this decision by the TV show Survivor producers doesn’t follow that rule. People who do judge others based on the ethnic backgrounds usually do so because of the way their parents raised them. Old racial judgments have been around forever and it is very hard to change hearts and minds about an issue like race when those ideas are implanted into the minds of children at a very young age. Working to create a color blind society in the US is a very hard thing to do and unfortunately some short sighted, profit driven folks who run the “Survivor” franchise are doing a terrible injustice to a nation which has worked hard to bring about equality to people of all ethnic backgrounds.
While this latest decision to divide tribes on the new Survivor season will not destroy years of hard work in US race relations, it does show what is truly in the hearts of that shows owners and producers and that is success at all cost. There are so many other things in this world, which are more important than money. However, in the world of reality TV shows, producers don’t seem to realize this fact.
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Racism On Survivor