African American Influence On Julia In The 1960's

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In the 1960’s Julia brought back color to television after “Amos ‘n’ Andy” when off the air during the 50’s. Julia became a larger success then NBC expected to, even with its success was a lot of negativity towards h program. This result was largely due to “extraordinary out of touch with and silence on the realities of African American life in the late 1960s...large number of blacks lived in exploding ghettos, Julia lived a luxury lifestyle”. Julia had a chance to present the reality of the lives of African Americans during this time but instead made Julia’s life showed the life of a white character. This resulted in a large struggle for both the black and white audience to relate to the main character.
They continue to talk about how “colour-blindness” ignored the diverse opportunity they could’ve portrayed within the show. Exampling the impact the show could’ve had if they decided to include racial topics that were going on in reality at that time. During that late 1960’s when the show was screened was when Hey Newton was sentenced for murder, Martin Luther king was assassinated and the escalating violent riots in black neighborhoods. Julia
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Also the “discomfort with seeing increasing numbers of African Americans on television, fears that traditional racial hierarchies were being eradicated and interracial sexuality”(419) Many of the viewers connected countless amount of the scenarios from the show to reverse racism even thought it didn’t imply these conceptions. Viewers placed “themselves against dominant ideologies” stereotypes on television where usually used towards African Americans, but the producers if Julia erased those boundaries. Having Julia being extremely relatable to white ideals and their beauty standards resulted in fears and social strife would “cause blacks to forget their proper
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