I’m not sure if this is an accurate question to start with, so I had to decipher it to make sure that I understood the question. The way I see it reality tv is a form of entertainment intended for a targeted audience, but is accessible to any viewer who desires to tune in. But the question raised specifically speaks of African Americans, therefore let’s stay on topic. Since the days of slavery, the black population has always been portrayed as lazy, and a classless group of humans created to be servants. Not only that the image of African-Americans has been the core of comedic mockery and ridiculed throughout the Jim Crow era; a culturally inferior senseless community. And yet to this day of reality tv with millions of viewers, those images continue as we see our society of women brawling and derogative name calling as if they were in a western saloon fight. Let’s not leave out the males trendy body branding or the more popular term “tattooing”, exploiting their physique across the airwaves as they demean their so called “loved one” by spreading their ego boosting love to their harem of women while they sit around and watch the cat fights, thinking to themselves, “Wow, these women really love me”. So to say that blacks are to blame for negative portrayals of African Americans on reality tv, that answer would be: First, reality tv is still a form of a less formal training of acting for entertainment, its a job, more drama = more ratings = more money. Sometimes things can become a little more saturated than others that it becomes predictable and we expect for certain things to happen. Secondly, everyone watches for their own reasoning, whether it’s to get a good laugh, or just to see that there are other dysfunctional people in the world other than themselves. Then you have those that truly believe that what you see is what you get, which leaves those convinced that this is how ALL people of a particular ethnic group behaves and because of the past culture of Afican Americans are best known of the stereotyped “baffoons” this is where the truth lies in their eyes. Then you have those that decipher the good from the bad to avoid the typical stereotype. But overall reality tv is what it is and personally I would never take fault of someone elses behavior and we all should take same precaution to that claim. And if you look at it, reality tv is a modern day spinoff of the Jerry Springer Show just a longer version. Our rebuttal question is, should there be more positive images of African Americans on tv period?