The weird thing about social issues in Quantum Leap is the unavoidable problem that ultimately, it’s just a white guy doing everything underneath it all. A black man standing up to racism at a white southern lunch counter during segregation, having the balls to argue with his old white lady employer? All just a white guy. A woman standing up to sexism in the workplace, convincing her friend that she can do any job a man can do? All just a white guy.
Sure, they try to play it up as “white man learns how hard it is to be anything but a white man”, and the nature of the show is that he has to play a crucial role in one key event or another so it’s unavoidable that he’d have to do the same in episodes exploring social injustice, and they can sometimes manage to compensate with Al informing him in the end that “oh, they went on to be an awesome person on their own without you running their lives/bodies”, and it brings to attention the fact that These Things Happened, but sometimes it feels like they’re missing something.