Why the Betsy Ross Idea bothers me...
Personally, I am a fan of the flashbacks, when used properly. Cicero, Ben Franklin, Ichabod and Abraham’s friendship , Mary’s confrontation with Katrina were all great flashbacks that added depth to the story. :And I would actually like to see some flashbacks of Ichabod’s family so that we can compare the journey of our two witnesses. We know that Abbie’s childhood was hell. What about Ichabod’s childhood? This would be an awesome flashback. The problem is that we suspect that the proposed Betsy Ross flashbacks are intended to continue the attempt to displace Abbie with a white leading lady. Just take the description of the character without knowing that it is Betsy and you would swear that they are describing Abbie. So naturally we are suspicious because we are not prepared to trust Clifton on faith alone.
The Season 2 attempt to elevate Katrina was not subtle. So TPTB should not insult our intelligence by trying to deny it. Now the first proposal of substance to come from the new regime involves casting a white actress who has the same character points as Abbie. It gives the impression they do not regret trying to replace Abbie, only their original choice of replacement. So it reeks of trying to build a better mousetrap so that Sandra and friends will beat a path back to their door..
Maybe their intentions are not shady, but like a husband who has been forgiven for infidelity, you don’t get involved in another suspect situation because all of your good will has been used up. I see only two possibilities. Either (1) They are intentionally or unintentionally repeating past mistakes or (2) They are woefully ignorant of the concerns of their fans. Either way this seems like a bad start.