Change has a color, and it is the ColorOfChange.
ColorOfChange, the same bundle of concerned jerks that nixed the promising spectacle of All My Babies’ Mamas, are once again keepin’ it on the qui vive. This time around they’ve issued Fox with a petition to cancel the perennial hit series COPS, alleging that law enforcement makes minorities look bad.
According to ColorOfChange, COPS, as well as the cops who “star” in the program, cast a deliberate beam from their Maglites upon criminals both black and brown, unfairly placing them on the wrong end of the nightstick. To wit, there is racism up in it, and the producers of COPS and the cops on COPS are unwilling to cop to it. The petition states that the show tends to “under-represent Blacks and Latinos as authority figures, while also under-representing whites and over-representing people of color as criminals” (though blacks are, in this case, overrepresented as an authority on catchy theme songs, a point on which I cannot completely disagree).
Strangely, my recollection of COPS featured Meth Breath Seth and Crank Stank Frank fist-fighting in the trailer park over who ate the last Cheez-It…skeletal mullet muppets perfectly satirized by the character Ronnie Dobbs. It seems times have changed, as have the ColorOfChange. They see a redneck door and they want to paint it black.
Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange, gets all Jungian on our archetypal asses regarding COPS, suggesting that “these images linger in the subconscious of viewers, creating “unconscious attitudes” and “implicit biases” about both race and class.” Rashad, if not a Jungian cat, seems to believe in the blackest of all superstitions, VOODOO—the idea that an image can cloud and twist the mind into hysterical, frothing madness.
Never mind that the creator of COPS admitted he intentionally portrayed a statistical overabundance of white criminals on his show. Let’s not allow truth to get in the way of change!
The rest of us—the sane ones—always knew that 911 was a joke.