Ralph Ellison

Why it is wrong to call HBO's 'Girls' racist

Why it is wrong to call HBO's 'Girls' racist

I have been watching the backlash against HBO's groundbreaking comedy "Girls" the last couple of weeks, and much of it looks to be coming from writers and wannabe critics who might just be jealous of Lena Dunham's success.

Racism is a complicated and powerful word that should be used carefully and responsibly by people who have some sense of the real social history of that word and what it represents in American history.

 Unfortunately, many people writing about television and popular culture these days are neither careful and responsible nor educated in the social history of anything. What they are steeped in is uninformed snark.

As I said in...