Blacks, Whites & Billions

I love the new Showtime series Billions, but the race thing doesn’t ring true. There are a lot of blacks on the show and the interactions between them and the other characters are entirely without racial tension. I see no condescension or resentment or favoritism or tribal feelings coming up. That doesn’t ring true to me.

This show goes in for all the passions but race. In real life, 99% of people prefer to live around, work around, socialize and pray with members of their own race and yet this show is colorblind. Well, all the lead characters are white, because generally speaking, non-blacks don’t watch TV shows and movies with blacks in leading roles.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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