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Scanning minority activists' recently issued "report cards" grading network TV's diversity efforts, I couldn't help thinking (A) how glad I am to be done with school; and (B) it's time for these groups to adopt a more contextual and nuanced view--packaging their old whines, as it were, in a new bottle.
Just a few years ago, the same organizations surveyed the primetime landscape and noticed the major networks appeared caught in a snowstorm, displaying a sea of white faces. Their legitimate complaints yielded pledges from execs to do better.
For the most part they have, with programs such as "George Lopez," "Bernie Mac" and "My Wife and Kids" all casting minorities in lead roles. ABC even ordered up a glossy miniseries about Native Americans, "Dreamkeeper," only to punt the project into the barren wasteland between Christmas and New Year's, in what amounts to a vote of no-confidence.
Still, it's …