The Problem We Live With

Throughout much of the civil rights movement, the media usually addressed the subject of racism with a focus on the South—despite the pervasiveness of prejudice across the nation, even in its supposedly liberal cities. A handful of groundbreaking television programs—most notably, East Side/West Side, All in the Family, and the Richard Pryor Show—altered the way Americans viewed race by shifting the question of racism to the urban North.

In witnessing its effects through the eyes of black people or addressing the reality of prejudice in cities outside of the South, these mainstream dramas and situation comedies challenged the complacency of millions of Americans who had escaped the rigorous media scrutiny previously reserved for white supremacists and redneck police chiefs.

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“No Hiding Place,” East Side/West Side, CBS, 1963
"No Hiding Place," East Side/West Side, CBS, 1963
"Sammy's Visit," All in the Family, CBS, 1972
Sammy's Visit, All in the Family, CBS, 1972
"Sammy's Visit," All in the Family, CBS, 1972

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The Richard Pryor Show, 1977
The Richard Pryor Show, 1977
The Richard Pryor Show, NBC, 1977

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