▶ Mary Birdsong in The Knick – YouTube. Think race relations are bad NOW? Try 1900: When I say the N word. On TV. In a show that begins w/a K. HAVE things gotten better? Or are people just better at hiding the racist within? Shooting the race riot scene made me feel like I was playing the stunt-woman in the hilarious cult hit of the 1970s- “Kentucky Fried Movie.” Only this wasn’t supposed to be funny.