Choose sides: Black, White, Asian or Hispanic?

Posted by Leticia, 25 Sep 06

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the television again...it looks like reality TV is here to stay. Have you heard about the new season of Survivor? For season #13 of this CBS reality show, the producers have put 20 contestants into four groups. You guessed it...Blacks, Whites, Asians and Hispanics. Will you choose sides? Will this get you to watch? I must admit, I love to see a bad horror movie every once in a while...I'm in.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a big fan of the show Survivor. I'm often trying to escape from my own reality, so submerging myself into a total stranger's reality is not my idea of an entertaining night. However, I must admit that I will be checking out the new season just to see if "my race" is representing me to the fullest and if other races are living up to the stereotypes that we've all come to know and love.

For example; is the African American Tribe, sleeping late, not doing any work and blaming each for their lack of immunities? Will the Asian Tribe men be resorting to intellect or violence, while their women resort to using sex and seduction to get the upper hand in the competition? How about the Hispanic Tribe? Did they sneak a few extra family members over to the island thinking no one would notice? Are they trading manual labor for extra food? And let us not forget the White Tribe. Well, we all know that they really won't have to do much to win because they are the superior race. And since they are also compassionate, they will allow the Hispanics to work for them, the Asian women to take care of them and the Blacks...well, they'll give them something to complain about.

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All joking aside, I really do have mixed feelings about this racial ploy to increase ratings. I'm glad to see that more races are being given the opportunity to appear on television. It will be interesting to see how the five people within the same race are different from one another. More importantly, it will be great for the country to see how other races differ from their stereotypes and have more similar traits than they realize.

What bothers me is the fact that as a nation, we continue to show our insanity, by continuing to do the same thing (put one race against the other), and expect something different to happen. Or maybe we don't. Maybe the powers that be have got this whole thing figured out. If we continue to fight and not trust each other, we'll stay apart and argue over the little things like, "Who's getting all the minimum wage jobs or the high interest loans", instead of coming together and forcing our leaders to do the best for all people, not just the ones with the biggest bankroll.

Putting all my conspiracy theories aside, I do understand that this is just one television show. I also realize that it's for entertainment purposes only. However, not everyone with a television has my sense and sensibility.

Who knows, maybe the show will surprise us all and really focus on how we are all a part of the human race, all God's children. Perhaps it'll embrace our cultural diversity while highlighting our individual similarities...what am I thinking we're talking about TV. Besides, where does it end? Next season do we have the Lawyer Tribe, Doctor Tribe, Pimp Tribe and the Prostitute Tribe? Or do we have the Transgender vs. the homophobe and the Christians vs. the Atheist?

This is Leticia...representing all races!

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  1.   Clay says:
    Posted: 27 Feb 08

    I love you Leticia! your point of views are driving me MAD happy! thanks!

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  2.   starthai says:
    Posted: 17 Aug 07

    I think it's sterotypical

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  3.   galf says:
    Posted: 04 Dec 06

    I think the set-up is racist. Too me it implies that some how on race is better than the other whether its something physical or mental or intelligence. Why haven't people gotten pass this yet? I could understand it better if it had something positive to contribute but it doesn't. IMHO!

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  4.   JADE74 says:
    Posted: 03 Dec 06

    Im not a fan of the show.I do like Big Brother.

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  5.   auroraxxx says:
    Posted: 29 Nov 06

    this is where the remote control comes in handy....swich off

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  6.   marquez097 says:
    Posted: 26 Nov 06

    is thi series over yet?

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  7.   Candy40dd says:
    Posted: 25 Nov 06

    It's all for RATINGS, what can we do....

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  8. Posted: 25 Nov 06

    its time for a totally new show!

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  9.   segue007 says:
    Posted: 25 Nov 06

    I'll be glad when the world sees in one color...people color. I'm just sad that it won't be in my lifetime.

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  10.   Ann says:
    Posted: 25 Nov 06

    I think this show is trying to push us back to the 1950's.

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  11.   romeoluvs says:
    Posted: 24 Nov 06

    Deny it or accept it.. Racism exists in every walks of life.

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  12.   Cocokisses says:
    Posted: 23 Nov 06

    The only race that matters is the human race!

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  13.   mossimo36 says:
    Posted: 23 Nov 06

    I think I have only watched the show once. The final epsiode of the first season. I see no reason to start now...

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  14.   lizzy2005 says:
    Posted: 23 Nov 06

    We are all human beings and deserve equal respect.

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  15.   Candy40dd says:
    Posted: 19 Nov 06

    Just a way to get more people to view the show... That's life, sorry to say..

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  16.   Fala says:
    Posted: 18 Nov 06

    Does anyone know if this stunt helped their ratings any?

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  17.   Eva says:
    Posted: 17 Nov 06

    I personally don't watch this show anymore because of this.

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  18.   unme23 says:
    Posted: 17 Nov 06

    im actually looking forward to the next episode.

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  19.   raynedelay says:
    Posted: 16 Nov 06

    I only watch a few shows now. I have better things to do anyway.

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  20.   pamela says:
    Posted: 15 Nov 06

    It's just a way for them to boost ratings. It's just hype

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  21.   JADE74 says:
    Posted: 14 Nov 06

    I will get around to watching the show before the final.I like Big Brothers show.

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  22.   lizzy2005 says:
    Posted: 14 Nov 06

    Racist beyond belief!

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  23.   nehuskerfan says:
    Posted: 09 Nov 06

    Never been a fan of the show...and don't plan on becoming one now.

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  24.   unme23 says:
    Posted: 09 Nov 06

    i even noticed mtv's reality shows have become bad too.

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  25.   Candy40dd says:
    Posted: 08 Nov 06

    What a waste, but at least we learn something new watching it... The world will NEVER change...

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  26. Posted: 08 Nov 06

    seems like every thing has become racist on tv.

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  27. Posted: 06 Nov 06

    We have the election and nfl football--who cares about this show..!!!!???

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  28.   uolanod says:
    Posted: 06 Nov 06

    just a ploy to get more people to watch

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  29.   gms77 says:
    Posted: 06 Nov 06

    I agree this show is done with!

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  30.   Coco says:
    Posted: 04 Nov 06

    Nobody'd watching this show anymore...they lost a lot of viewers by doing this...

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  31.   JADE74 says:
    Posted: 04 Nov 06

    Haven't watched the show yet.Will get around to watching before its over.

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  32.   segue007 says:
    Posted: 04 Nov 06

    I think that the show is insulting the intelligent of the TV viewers. I have watched the show once or twice in the beginning and this was more than enough for me.

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  33.   Carla says:
    Posted: 03 Nov 06

    Yeah...I saw it and I think the show formula is racist.

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  34. Posted: 03 Nov 06

    I have seen worse shows....but I dont watch them at all now....!!

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  35.   segue007 says:
    Posted: 03 Nov 06

    I am sooo tired of all the reality shows on television these days. When you think about it, they really aren't reality show because how many of us live our daily lives with a camera in our face.

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  36.   msjanine says:
    Posted: 03 Nov 06

    I do not care for the show that much and from what I have seen it has become racist

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  37. Posted: 02 Nov 06

    people are gonna believe what they want any way, but i do agree myself with the article.

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  38.   unme23 says:
    Posted: 02 Nov 06

    it seems like every reality show has become racist.

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  39.   prime6969 says:
    Posted: 02 Nov 06

    I think that this is another way to add fuel to the fire, but I will watch so I guess cbs plan worked. but I really dont care who wins, but I guess it dont matter the whole plan is to get peoplle to watch thus more MONEY for cbs that is the whole bottom line.

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  40.   lizzy2005 says:
    Posted: 01 Nov 06

    every time i read this it makes me angry. what a racist programme.

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  41.   lizzy2005 says:
    Posted: 31 Oct 06

    Isn't there enough racism in the world without this trash!

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  42.   romeoluvs says:
    Posted: 30 Oct 06

    Racist show.. is it or not. Leave it on the viewers.

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  43. Posted: 30 Oct 06

    I think the producers had good intentions, however once the backlash started they did the right thing and merged the tribes. I have watched the other survivors and it was starting to get old and they knew that. I think Dave Chappelle hit the nail on the head when he did his rendition of the "real world" with one white person and the rest of the cast being african american. Though it was a little harsh it put an interesting twist on all these reality shows. Obviously the message he tried to get across is that the reality that television tries to convey isnt really reality. Kudo's to Dave for that.

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  44.   lizzy2005 says:
    Posted: 28 Oct 06

    Very bad show! Just encorages segregation amongst different racec. It should not be on tv!

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  45. Posted: 27 Oct 06

    dont have the time to waste on that show....!!

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  46.   Candy says:
    Posted: 27 Oct 06

    Okay, i finally saw my 1st full episode lastnite "with out changing the channel"... I was a bit surprised, to see the players say over in over again, this show is all wrong. Why split us up in color groups? The world is full of non-sence already, this gives them something else to talk about..

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  47. Posted: 27 Oct 06

    i must say i have seen worse on other reality shows.

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  48.   RayneDelay says:
    Posted: 27 Oct 06

    I never saw an episode, and I especially did not want to see it when I heard over the radio that the black guy was the firt to go. It does not take much to understand where this is going.

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  49.   lizzy2005 says:
    Posted: 26 Oct 06

    I think there is too much segregation of races in our society all ready. To have a programme that encourages this is in my opinion terrible!

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  50.   Candy says:
    Posted: 26 Oct 06

    This is what i call a racist show, to bad there ratings sky high...

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