Tom Steele: Remembering ‘Amos & Andy’
Editor: Remember the old radio and TV show, Amos & Andy? Two white men. Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll played two black men in Manhattan’s Harlem. It was very popular at the time.
Fast forward to today and political correctness as dictated by the media, college created control of history and a misuse of the English language. No question, there was true racism across the country either in the subtle North or the politically Democrat South. However, most average people were enjoying the humor of Amos and Andy, as it was humor and not nastiness or racism in their dialogs on the show.
Today, the Democratic governor of Virginia is under attack for having had pictures in his college yearbook allegedly showing him in black face in two different images. One picture was of him playing the part of Michael Jackson and another in black face as a slave or in a white hat and robe of a KKK Klansman. In the same manner, I recall Halloween parties where one was dressed as a Catholic Priest and the partner as a pregnant nun. Today, that would be socially correct while the slave-Klansman would bring on the charge of a hate crime.
History is history; both good and bad. We should not forget either view of history but we should not attempt to deny or replace it. A statue of a Southern General on his horse may remind a college student today of the South’s slavery but not require the removal of the statue. It stands as a memory of history.