Last spring, the editorial page published a column by Glen McNatt which discussed "In Living Color," the television show that lampoons black figures in much the same way that `f "Saturday Night Live" takes on President Bush, Vice President Quayle and others. "Blacks probably need not be too thin-skinned over ... satire directed at their public figures," McNatt said.
Recently, Other Voices received a packet of letters on the column from the eight grade at Johnnycake Middle School in Baltimore County. Most of the students agreed with McNatt. Following are excerpts:
The actors are from both races, black and white, male and female, and they are there to act. This show is a chance for them to laugh at themselves and their habits and not to create a racial issue. I find this show funny, and those who have objections have the right to just change the station and find a show they find suitable. When you take the time to think about it, if we never accepted anything that was different to us, our world would never make nay progress.
` Theresa Lawson
All people should be able to laugh at a parody of themselves ... When a show like "In Living Color" is trying to stay on the air and keep an audience, it needs a variety of racial humor, and if black humor tickles the funny bone, then they have a right to use it.