The devil, as the "Wheel of Fortune" hosts Vanna White and Pat Sajak would agree, is in the details.
This week, while watching reruns of the popular game show's Southern Charm week, which first premiered in March, a viewer noticed a striking image in the background.
The hosts were promoting the show in front of an antebellum mansion and, if you look closely, you can see what look like two African-American slaves working in front of the structure.
The photo was uploaded on Twitter where users affirmed that yes, these were two slaves that were part of the "Southern charm."
Many MANY people green-lighted this, that's how you know that there are no POC in that team pic.twitter.com/D77g0xJv9q— Isabelle ???? (@bellecs) June 16, 2017
It's showing Sajak's dreams.— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) June 16, 2017
According to HuffPost, the image was a screengrab from 2005 footage shot at the Oak Valley Plantation in Louisiana that was built by slaves.
Following the outrage, the director of "Wheel of Fortune" also saw the error of his ways.
“We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast,” Harry Friedman told the New York Daily News.
This statement, however, should not extinguish the outrage.
Slavery may be outlawed, but its insidious legacy is still something Americans grapple with. From the prison industrial complex to everyday racist taunts to the shooting deaths of unarmed black men, the effects of slavery are a daily reality.
For for someone to rummaging through clips that depict "Southern charm," and come out with an image of slavery, it's just more salt on the deep wounds of our past.
It's absolutely absurd to think that not one person in the entire team behind the "Wheel of Fortune" noticed the image or what it represented.
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