Today, I came across an article written by a columnist at The New Yorker. The opening sentence reads:
â€œIâ€™m worried about the white people. It happens every so often. Theyâ€™re attacked for that which they cannot helpâ€”their whitenessâ€”and that which they can helpâ€”their whiteness.â€
Lena Dunham is the creator and star of HBOâ€™s new â€œSex and The Cityâ€ like series â€œGirlsâ€“â€ which has just been renewed for a second season. â€œThe show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s.â€
Simple enoughâ€¦you would think. But there are no black people on the show. Hmm. Fair enoughâ€“ the story line is based on overprivileged white womenâ€“fresh out of collegeâ€“so why would you need to see a black face or two? Iâ€™m sure black people donâ€™t even exist in their worlds anyway; and after-all, there werenâ€™t any white women on â€œGirlfriends.â€ Still, the series has garnered negative criticism for its lack of colorâ€“ but why?