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Larry David is every bit as much a crab apple as old Archie Bunker. They don't like most people they meet, but they don't like them for very different reasons. Archie doesn't like Jews, Blacks, hippies, or any discernable ethnic minority. Larry doesn't like people who abuse sample sales, people who cheat at bingo, or people who point out how many times he uses the bathroom at work, regardless of skin color or ethnicity. In Archie Bunker's world, the dilemma was never getting him to say something racially offensive; it was trying to get him to stop. Race relations today are more sterile, kept under glass, and a great many people bemoan that, citing an inability to communicate across the racial divide as the major harm. In many ways they are correct, but I keep coming back to the fundamental question of when would I prefer to be a black person, 1978 or 2008? That's an easy answer, assuming you didn't just die or something.

Larry represents a new, perplexing kind of progress on television. The era of instructing viewers about racism, black people, stereotypes, and racial discord is over. Now what do we do? I think Curb has one of the best answers to that question. We laugh at it.

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Mondo Extra
Black & White Television

Episode Report Card
Grade It Now!
YOU GRADE IT
Times Change

Larry David is every bit as much a crab apple as old Archie Bunker. They don't like most people they meet, but they don't like them for very different reasons. Archie doesn't like Jews, Blacks, hippies, or any discernable ethnic minority. Larry doesn't like people who abuse sample sales, people who cheat at bingo, or people who point out how many times he uses the bathroom at work, regardless of skin color or ethnicity. In Archie Bunker's world, the dilemma was never getting him to say something racially offensive; it was trying to get him to stop. Race relations today are more sterile, kept under glass, and a great many people bemoan that, citing an inability to communicate across the racial divide as the major harm. In many ways they are correct, but I keep coming back to the fundamental question of when would I prefer to be a black person, 1978 or 2008? That's an easy answer, assuming you didn't just die or something.

Larry represents a new, perplexing kind of progress on television. The era of instructing viewers about racism, black people, stereotypes, and racial discord is over. Now what do we do? I think Curb has one of the best answers to that question. We laugh at it.

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