In each Harlem Globetrotters episode, the first cartoon ever to feature black male protagonists, America’s favorite comedic traveling basketball team snapped on folks and solved a local conflict with a game of hoops (against all odds and despite a villain trying to rig the contest)—much like in Kevin Bacon’s racist 1994 sports movie The Air Up There!

Sure, it would have been slightly less offensive if George “Meadowlark” Lemon (voiced by the legendary Scatman Crothers) and Freddie “Curly” Neal had achieved peace with treaties instead of behind-the-back passes, but a step at a time, we say. Or is that just what The Man has taught us to say? Damn you, expectation-lowering white overlord!