After watching some of the most influential television shows of the 1950s, I began to think more about the role of African Americans within the various forms of media today. When considering some of my favorite shows, I recognized that Greys Anatomy recently did an exceptional job at bringing attention towards white privilege and the race issues that are so prevalent within society. I just finished watching Season 12 on Netflix and was very impressed with the way in which Shonda Rimes included real-life issues in the episodes.
In the show, Amelia asks Maggie if she was being a racist when she chose to believe Wilson instead of Edwards. To give a bit of background if you haven’t seen the show, Wilson is a white female doctor and Edwards is a black female doctor. Maggie informs Amelia that racism is still very much alive when she states, “It’s when people assume I’m a nurse, or when I go to get on an airplane with my first class ticket and they tell me that they’re not boarding coach yet.” Further into their conversation, Maggie told Amelia one of the most profound and important statements I have ever heard on Greys Anatomy: “Check your white privilege.”
I applaud Shonda Rimes for addressing this issue within the television series because I think that all viewers need to be aware of the way in which race is viewed and treated in America today. Although it is just one scene, it had an overwhelming affect on me and made me value Greys Anatomy more than I originally did. While I love shows that provide entertainment, I especially appreciate shows that provide both entertainment and education. I encourage all of you to watch Season 12 in hopes that you, too, will recognize that, sadly, racism still exists within America today.
Check out this article, Grey’s Anatomy Proves Racism Still Exists – Even If Everybody Doesn’t See It, that discusses the importance of the episode in depth.
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“‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Lectures ‘Check Your White Privilege'” NewsBusters. N.p., n.d. Web. 03
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Owen, Vera. “The Greys Anatomy Season 12 Finale Is Now on Hulu.” Hulu. N.p., 2016. Web.
03 Oct. 2016.