so you think 'black savages kidnap white woman' isn't racist and is perfectly fine.
We may interpret it as racist and the implications of what the final product may look like may not have been thought through. But was the intent of the episode racist?
Russ Mayberry, the director who was fired went on to work on In the Heat of the Night
, a show that dealt with racism in the Southern United States.
Lets not forget that the episode casting had to have been approved by Roddenberry as he had the final word during season one.