Network television has devoted this fall season to the BLM narrative and endless racial guilt-tripping. Television writers apparently prefer that white Americans walk on eggshells in their relationships with black friends and neighbors rather than just treat everyone as fellow human beings.
The latest installment in race-obsessed television programming came from CBS's sitcom The Unicorn. In this week's episode, "It's the Thought That Counts," on December 3, white character Forrest (Rob Corddry) gives his friend Ben's (Omar Benson Miller) son, Noah (Devin Bright), a plastic neon blue squirt gun during a birthday party. It doesn't go over well with Ben because of "the color of my son."
Forrest: And, uh, last but not least-- and I know what it says on the side... For Noah, a water gun.
Noah: Oh, wow. Thanks, Forrest!
Noah: I've never had one of these before!
Forrest: Cool! That's great.
Ben: Hey, Forrest, did you just give Noah a water gun?
Forrest: Yes, I did.
Ben: Great. Now I have to go take it away from him.
Forrest: Take it away? Why? What? He's-- He loves it.
Ben: There's a reason he's never had one before, Forrest. It looks like a gun.
Forrest: It doesn't look like a gun. It's neon blue. What am I missing here?
Ben: Uh, it's not about the color of the gun. It's about the color of my son. Yeah. It's not safe for him to be out waving that thing around. He and I had that talk a long time ago.
Ben: Hey, Noah. Noah. Hey. Don't you run from me.
Forrest: (Sighs) God, I should've just taken the bite on the nose.
After this innocuous gift, the rest of the episode devolves into a half-hour of anguishing about racial insensitivity. The toy set-up is likely a reference to the sad case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Rice was tragically killed while pointing a realistic-looking black toy gun at a police officer. But must the audience now pretend that an obvious blue translucent toy is something black children can never play with? Or that black children can never have water gun fights with non-white friends?
The rest of the episode lays the white guilt complex on thick. Forrest's wife worries about having committed "microaggressions" with her black friend (Ben's wife) and reads Robin DiAngelo's racialist tome White Fragility. Forrest, who works in human resources training people in "implicit bias," openly wonders how he failed to be "woke" enough.
The episode ends with Ben giving Forrest a lecture about "doing the work" and "listening" to black people. Ben complains about how others say black people are "doing it wrong" when they protest. If he means the Black Lives Matter "protests" that lead to billions of dollars in damage from looting and riots, then that is "doing it wrong," very wrong.
Throughout this half-hour left-wing guilt trip, there is very little in the way of actual comedy. It was not a comedy episode so much as a critical race theory training session. Is there any audience still left who wants to sit through that?