The Fonz is a nice guy and he sees nothing at all wrong with making friends with a local young drummer, the talented 'Sticks' Downey. The fact that Sticks is black doesn't bother him in the slightest and it doesn't occur to him that anyone else will be bothered by it either until he arranges for Sticks to play the drums in Richie band for Richie Hawaiian-themed party.
Obviously, Richie and the others don't have a problem with the colour of Stick's skin but it seems that many others from the area do.
This episodes once again tackles the idea of racism head-on and shows us that we are all the same on the inside, regardless of how we may look. A very worthy episode which passes on an important message.