How ironic it is that we can put a black family into the White House but fail so badly when it comes to putting one on TV. Apparently, voters are far less risk-averse than television executives.
I remember my battles in the 1960s, '70s and '80s trying to put leading black characters in the shows I was writing or creating. But it wasn't just a fight for that kind of diversity; it was a struggle for any kind of diversity: Just try and name a detective "Goldberg" or write in a gay character.
I suppose we have come a long way with many groups, but the struggle for black identity goes on despite those wonderful people in the White House. I for one can only hope that we will see those beautiful black faces smiling at us from Pennsylvania Avenue for a long time. Who needs TV?