The decision to not bring back our beloved Dr. Preston Burke, played by actor Isaiah Washington, on the next season of "Grey’s Anatomy" just further adds to a disturbing new trend at ABC wherein minority actors have been dismissed at an alarming rate over the past two years. Blacks, including Isaiah Washington ("Grey's Anatomy"), Star Jones ("The View"), Harold Perrineau ("Lost"), Alfre Woodard, Mehcad Brooks, and Page Kennedy ("Desperate Housewives") have been let go. Add to that George Lopez, a Latino, of the "George Lopez Show" and out lesbian Rosie O'Donnell of "The View." Not to mention actress Diahann Carroll and Richard Roundtree whose characters were directly related to Isaiah Washington’s character. Now mind you, these are some of your networks most highly rated shows and so one must ask themselves, what is going on?
It's a fact that Isaiah has been the target of an orchestrated campaign focused on getting him fired from "Grey’s Anatomy" since the incident with his co-stars was unleashed in the media. And while we don’t approve of his use of the f-word at the Golden Globes, Washington has since apologized and gone on to perform community service by way of a Public Service Announcement for the very organizations that have been orchestrating his dismissal. But it seems it wasn't enough.
Isaiah Washington doesn’t deserve to lose his job and ABC can't afford to let another minority actor go, especially an African American considering you have so few to begin with.
Keep Dr. Preston Burke on "Grey's Anatomy!"
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