I woke up this morning at 5:42 a.m. at least that’s what my clock said. There’s only one problem; I’m not an early riser— at least not on the weekend. I’ve been resetting things all morning, including my internet. It seems that last night’s storm, knocked out the power in our apartment. It’s currently 10:14 a.m. While I was waiting for the internet to reload, the opening for Sanford & Son, a repeat of the 1974 “Fred Sanford, the Legal Eagle,” began.
In this episode, Fred, Grady and a host of other friends go to court to defend Lamont, who has received an unfair traffic ticket. Now, if you ever watch this episode, it must be said that I object to Foxx’s use of the word nigger and his association of persons socially defined as black with that of a Tarzan movie. I will not repeat the offensive and ridiculous argument here. While I am aware that the association did not originate with Red Foxx or Fred Sanford, the fact that he repeats it remains detestable. Nevertheless, I digress.
The opening line is the inspiration behind this post. Sanford is reviewing Lamont’s current state of affairs and as has been the case for me, ask a question that provides numerous answers. Sanford says, “You got a ticket from a white cop in a black neighborhood and you’re so mad, you see red. But, you’re afraid to fight it because you’re yellow. Now, are you a man or a crayon box?” Well, are you? Are you a man, a woman or a crayon box? You certainly can’t be both. At least, not according to Fred Sanford!