Obviously, this is something to deal with down the road a bit, but I want to get this out there.
I will do everything in my power - short of creating one of those hopeless power struggles that alienates us from one another - to ensure Conan grows up watching and not dismissing black and white movies.
Yes, the starting place will be to simply shuffle black and white movie into the things he watches, as they're appropriate, without making it an issue of it. That's certainly how it worked for me. It wasn't until I was about thirteen the first time I ever heard anyone express a concern about black and white. It was a girl who was really cute and a year or two older, but I kind of lost interest in her, even then.
Obviously I know I'd find a way to get past it in my son, but it remains a basic deal breaker. I'm old enough that I'd no longer dismiss an entire relationship based on whether someone likes black and white, but I will that hearing a person doesn't like black and white in principle does render all of their other opinions on movies to be worthless, just not worth discussing at all, just white noise in the mix of the room.
I'm sure that will be hardly an issue at all for his generation, but it still seems important to me.