- Posted October 18, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
How a Major TV Show helped me with "Everyday Racism" when I was growing up!
Racial segregation and discrimination against Blacks and minority communities were really bad in the 70's I was a little girl but I remember it just like it was yesterday!
I took this picture of the horse and that's Southfork Ranch seen in the background home of the hit TV Show Dallas!
I'll never forget when the TV Mini-Series Roots came out in 1977 yeah I was little but I remember it well.. I remember after the second day it aired my grandmother telling me they had to shut down several high schools in Arkansas because of a riot in schools.. you see after Roots aired the whites went to school the next day and started to call the blacks the "N" word and the whites told the blacks that they use to own them and fights broke out..
Black History was also taken out of our school's history books " in fear of a riot" our high school banquet was together at the high school "Blacks & Whites" but our high school prom was still segregated blacks and whites were not allowed to have their dance together " This finally change at my high school in the late 90's" Black and Whites are now allowed to have their high school prom dance together..
For me from watching the TV Mini Series Roots, I was very upset at how my people were treated and that really was the first eye opener for many African Americans "Blacks all over the world" to see how our ancestors were beaten, killed and raped in slavery by white people.. and yes I've even been called the N word..Blacks really have to have tough skin to deal with racism..Yes it a lot better today but racism is still alive and well everywhere!!
One of the major game changers for me:
When the TV show Dallas aired from "1978-1991" Me and my sister became one of the biggest fans of the show even though I don't remember any blacks on the show...but watching the show really made me forget about race. Actor Larry Hagman "J.R. Ewing " when watching him in action on Dallas you forget about everything else and think about what's his next move.. The cast of Dallas was so amazing that it became my favorite TV show of all times..
The TV show Dallas put Dallas, Texas on the map!! I remember growing up telling my grandmother I'm moving to Dallas to live with the Ewings because I wanted to be a part of that rich oil family...my grandmother laughed. I never missed an episode of Dallas I hoped and prayed that one day that I would meet the whole Ewing family. JR Ewing was one of television's most iconic characters in the world.
When I heard they were doing a Dallas reboot I was so excited! After watching the first season I was hooked and pleased that the show still felt like the original show and it just took off were it left off. Seeing Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray made the new Dallas complete.
So I just had to meet Larry "JR Ewing" this had been my life dream so I call someone from the inside and asked them if I could be in the courtroom scene I knew Larry would be in that scene they told me that scene was already filled :( I was so upset...later on Larry Hagman had passed Away and I never got to meet him I was so hurt.
I did get a call back later in the season asking me if I wanted to be in the season finale of the second season and I said yes..even though I never got the chance to meet Larry Hagman it still was a honor to be on the set of Dallas. While walking on the grounds of Southfork Ranch I was thinking to myself this is were Larry Hagman "JR Ewing" spent most of his life filming and I know his spirit is here.
Then I walk toward the horses they were all out in the field except this one horse came up to me and stared me in the eyes and let me touch him " I thought to myself that was JR Ewing saying to me I'm here" that was such a beautiful moment for me it brought tears to my eyes.. I took this picture of the horse...
I'm so thankful and blessed to say that,who would ever thought that I would even be a part of the new Dallas TV show on TNT..to have grown up watching Dallas and being one of the biggest fans of the show and being blessed to have worked on Season Two and Season Three of the show.
While watching the TV Show Dallas as a little girl I forgot about all the evil of racism that was going on at the time and for once in my life I just enjoyed watching good TV.
My name is Latrice Butts and this is my story:
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