Racism is a serious charge. When I was a Second-Class Petty Officer, I once complained to a Master Chief that a Navy training class we had to complete on-line portrayed all the “evil-doers” as leering white guys. And all the victims were “women of color.” The training was on sexual assault and it seemed over the top. Most Sailors probably could care less, but I noticed it and made my point with the Master Chief (who was with the IG.) It was changed the next year. Maybe due to me pointing it out, maybe not.
Charges of racism are being levied at none other than American Idol. Nevermind Fantasia in Season 3 or Ruben Studdard and Jordin Sparks. Or the judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
The lawyer for the nine aggrieved contestants is named James Freeman and he has: submitted a letter to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for permission to sue the show on behalf of nine humiliated African-American contestants – all of them male.
Humiliated is a strong word. But if humiliation is the litmus for suing a reality show, our courts are soon to be clogged. This is getting a lot of press. The term: American Idol alleged racism, is all over the Yahoo search engine.