The Sin of Omission

“Television, like its big sister, the motion picture, has been guilty of the sin of omission… Hungry for talent, desperate for the so-called ‘new face,’ constantly searching for a transfusion of new blood, it has overlooked a source of wondrous talent that resides under its nose. This is the Negro actor.” — Rod Serling, Creator of The Twilight Zone (quoted in The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree).

 

Season 1, Episode 27, “The Big Tall Wish,” features an all-Black principal cast. You can stream it on Netflix: The Twilight Zone (Original Series) | Netflix

‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’ – The New York Times

An excerpt:

 

“…I asked another friend what it’s like being the mother of a black son. ‘The condition of black life is one of mourning,’ she said bluntly. For her, mourning lived in real time inside her and her son’s reality: At any moment she might lose her reason for living. Though the white liberal imagination likes to feel temporarily bad about black suffering, there really is no mode of empathy that can replicate the daily strain of knowing that as a black person you can be killed for simply being black: no hands in your pockets, no playing music, no sudden movements, no driving your car, no walking at night, no walking in the day, no turning onto this street, no entering this building, no standing your ground, no standing here, no standing there, no talking back, no playing with toy guns, no living while black.”