50 years since its debut, what “All in the Family” can teach us about bridging America’s political and cultural divides

Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Carroll O’Connor, and Sally Struthers in “All in the Family.” Photo: CBS/Pinterest

Archie Bunker was a bigot. Whether bemoaning the Black family who lived next door or refusing to accept his friend is gay or his casual misogyny or his frequent attempts at — to borrow a phrase from the modern right — “own the libs,” he was a deeply flawed and prejudiced man. Yet, half a…