ABC is wading into some new territory in “Black-ish,” which premiered Wednesday night. The comedy centers around the Johnsons, a wealthy black family living in Los Angeles.

“Black-ish” premiered to strong numbers, nearly matching the ever-popular “Modern Family.” But whether it stands the test of time likely depends on how well it manages to balance humor with its social commentary.

Peniel Josephis a history professor and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University.

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