Mayberry Isn't a Healthy Place to Live

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Mayberry Did Have Black People

In season 1 episode 30 there was a black woman and black man crowded around Barney in the first minute or so of the show. And that same black woman can also be seen early in season 2. They didn’t have any lines but were visible if you pay attention close enough

Quintin more than 1 year ago

And it was fiction

and still provides quality entertainment not easily found in today's TV lineup.

Betsy more than 2 years ago

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Christian friends of different races hold the Andy Griffith Show as one of the most decent things on television. Those who see something negative can turn off the television and look for something more constructive to do.

Skipper Anding more than 2 years ago

Nice Closing

The cartoonist Josh Allen Friedman once did a strip where a lone African-American man happened to be attempting to pass through Mayberry, and long story short, he got bopped on the head with a rolling pin by Aunt Bee and then lynched by the men. Friedman has been criticized so much for being "cruel" to his subjects - so much so that one of his books of his collected works is called "Too Soon?" and featured somewhat sadistic lampoons of icons like Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, and the like. In some respects the view of Mayberry as a place where a lynching would occur casually and rapidly was a more realistic vision of the small town Southland of the 1950s than the show was.

And yet, Andy Griffith was a genius, a true artist, a real liberal, and a United Methodist. Mount Airy has a museum dedicated to its most famous citizen, and those that preceded him, the circus performers Chang and Eng better known as The Siamese Twins who married local women. Look at some of the early episodes. The values presented are of liberality, hospitality, peace, and understanding. Griffith's career prior to having a weekly TV show involved stand-up which was where he portrayed the clever rube in a manner not objectionable but later improved upon by Jerry Clower (a Baptist). But his first time in the national spotlight was as a lead actor in an immortal movie, "A Face In The Crowd" as "Lonesome" Rhodes, a TV Schlockmeister eerily similar to Glen Beck, or maybe even the President-Elect. His later series, "Salvage One" and "Matlock" were never the greatest but also communicated his values (in Matlock, one episode featured the lesbian comic Lea DeLauria as a police detective ready to jump Matlock's bones - well, it coulda happened). That was way before "Will and Grace," too.

In his last years, Griffith was excellent as the benefactor of Kerry Russell's "Waitress" and as the compadre of country singer Brad Paisley in the music video "Waitin' On A Woman." But then there was his and Ron Howard's 2008 Obama commercial in which they appeared like a latter day Andy and Opie engaged in a conversation in favor of the then candidate. This led the same people who bulldozed Dixie Chicks CDs to boycott Griffith from then on.

The right-wing tries to claim a monopoly on small town values but Griffith's work shows what a lie that is. He is sorely missed. If he had gone into politics, could he have been the liberal Ronald Reagan? That's doubtful, but one can dream. In 1982 at the Texas Democratic Convention a reporter asked me who I wanted as the 1984 Democratic nominee for President. Without hesitation I said "Edward Asner," as the former "Lou Grant" and "Mary Tyler Moore" star imploded his acting career by advocating for ending U.S. backing of the Nicaraguan "Contras," a right wing faction at war with the then (and now) ruling Sandanistas. I should have said Griffith instead. The problem with progressives is we're too unimaginative and cautious.

George Nixon Shuler more than 2 years ago

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