Winston Salem Journal: Editorial: The Beverly Hillbillies and racial justice

Guest columnist: Mark Rabil

“I was a little nervous the first time I went to see Darryl Hunt in the county jail in 1984. Here was this black guy charged with the most horrible murder in recent memory, right in downtown Winston-Salem, not far from my apartment in the West End. I assumed, wrongly, that he must have had something to do with it. So I asked him on that first visit, “Where were you on the morning of August 10?” Darryl told me that he spent the night at a house on Dunleith Street, woke up, watched “The Beverly Hillbillies” as he did every morning, and then went to court with his friend Sammy. I thought to myself, “What kind of black kid is this, watching ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’? Shouldn’t he be watching shows for black people?” It took me years to realize my bias. Funny is funny, no matter whether you’re black or white. I learned that Darryl and I had the same color-blind life goals, “to live a decent life”: to have a healthy family, work hard at a good job, retire, sit on the porch with our big dog and watch the grandchildren throw dirt clods at our old pickup truck. Now that Darryl is out, he still watches old shows, like “Bonanza.” He was one of the few people who read my last guest column who had seen the episode about Hop Sing using fingerprints to save Little Joe.”

Full editorial here: The Beverly Hillbillies and racial justice.


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