I'd have to disagree with you on this. The show was meant to be a mirror of the kinds of casual bigotries that permeated everyday life at the time, with Archie's comments just a bit more blunt than most people's would be. But the episodes I remember sought to puncture other kinds of bigotries as well, not just Archie's blue collar working class kind. For instance, Meathead is shown to be kind of a putz when he tries to tell a couple of black burglars (played by Cleavon Little and Demond Wilson) about understanding the problems in the ghetto because he took a sociology course. Or the time Archie is stuck in an elevator with a rich black man from Scarsdale (played by Roscoe Lee Browne) and a poor Puerto Rican man and his very pregnant wife (played by Hector Elizondo and Edith Diaz) and the rich black man is shown to be just as prejudiced towards the Puerto Rican couple as Archie is. I used to watch the show with black friends and their differing reactions were quite telling. I remember one episode where Archie tells Charles Durning that his black neighbor Henry Jefferson (Mel Stewart) is "one of the good ones" and my black friend's mother laughing uproariously at that, thoroughly understanding that that's how people think. We hadn't seen this kind of honest treatment of the subject on TV before and that's why the show made a big impact in its early years. As a New Yorker, I always thought the show reflected facets of urban reality that I hadn't seen treated on TV before. Granted, the show received its share of criticism back then. I remember a scathing critique by Laura Z. Hobson (Gentleman's Agreement) in The New York Times where she took the show to task for not being honest enough because it refused to use the term, "nigger." She had a point there.