Quotation by Gwendolyn Brooks

Beware the/easy griefs, that fool and fuel nothing./It is too easy to cry "AFRIKA!"/and shock thy street,/and purse thy mouth,/and go home to thy "Gunsmoke," to/thy "Gilligan's Island" and the NFL.
Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917), African American poet, fiction writer, and autobiographer. "Another Preachment to Blacks," lines 28-32 (1981).

Gunsmoke and Gilligan's Island were popular television shows that ran in syndication for years. Light entertainment, they included no significant African American characters or considerations of serious issues. "NFL" refers to the National Football League—i.e., televised professional football games.
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