Race still a subject, but less of an issue
The new, black “Steel Magnolias” premiered on Lifetime two weeks ago. Lifetime is television for women. And for a long time, that meant television for white women. But on “Steel Magnolias” weekend, the network devoted a prominent portion of programming to movies starring black women. One, “Abducted” is just another dumb Lifetime movie in which something bad happens to a woman and then justice is served. The movie isn’t race blind. It’s simply race unimportant. That, of course, is the big deal. This was television for women who were also of color. But blackness — the politics of it, anyway — was in no way the subject of the programming. It was played as universal.