“If shows featuring black people aren’t made available to everyone–not just black people–then how will a wider audience of people come into contact with black shows? If they were available as easily as [insert random show that people rarely watch or talk about but is streaming], we could get more than just black people watching these shows. We could expand the typical audience of these shows to include other races and the next generation. And in doing that, we could inspire writers and producers and networks to give more black written/black-led TV shows a shot (especially on network television).”
I’d take this a step further. Making television shows created by African Americans and starring black people harder to find also makes it harder to see the version of TV’s past where these shows are critical and commercial successes.