Black performers who found a home on Saturday Night Live knew how to navigate white America long before they mailed in audition tapes. In the wake of SNL’s recent diversity controversy, and this month’s casting of actress Sasheer Zamata, Tanner Colby writes, “The current struggles with race in Studio 8H offer us a sadly useful illustration of what’s wrong with ‘diversity’ in this country generally.” Read more about race on Saturday Night Live and how it compares to our national dialogue, and use our touch-point graphic to view all SNL cast members and their dates throughout the show’s 39-year history.
(Illustration: Michael Hogue and Jeffrey Meddaugh/Dallas Morning News)

Black performers who found a home on Saturday Night Live knew how to navigate white America long before they mailed in audition tapes. In the wake of SNL’s recent diversity controversy, and this month’s casting of actress Sasheer Zamata, Tanner Colby writes, “The current struggles with race in Studio 8H offer us a sadly useful illustration of what’s wrong with ‘diversity’ in this country generally.”

Read more about race on Saturday Night Live and how it compares to our national dialogue, and use our touch-point graphic to view all SNL cast members and their dates throughout the show’s 39-year history.

(Illustration: Michael Hogue and Jeffrey Meddaugh/Dallas Morning News)

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