Are 'Housewives' Bad For The Race?
The end of yesterday's bloggers' roundtable focused on whether Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta -- and shows of that ilk (Flavor of Love, anyone?) -- are "bad for the race," meaning they perpetuate negative stereotypes of black people. In this case, it's black women with money.
Lawrence Otis Graham -- author of the controversial book Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class -- labeled "The Real Housewives" as the "P. Diddy crowd," who are "here-today-and-gone-tomorrow money. ... These are not people who value education and true philanthropy," he told The Houston Chronicle.
Like Graham, some see a class conflict between black "old money" and the black nouveau riche; others take issue with the housewives' consistent use of crass language; and some say it's much ado about nothing.
Take a look at a clip from this season's reunion show, and tell us what you think.
11:36 AM ET | 11-20-2008 | permalink