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Old January 8 2013, 08:15 PM   #10
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Re: Is Star Trek Interracially revolutionary?

Hyfen_Underskor wrote: View Post
From what I gathered from the web, Sammy Davis' kiss of/on Nancy Sinatra...
Which was a friendly kiss on the cheek, not a romantic lip-lock.

An inter-racial kiss on TV took place in 1964 between the characters Dr Mahler (Joan Hooley) and Dr Farmer (John White) on ITV's Soap Emergency Ward 10. This was in Britain.
And therefore doesn't fit the category, which is the first interracial kiss on American television.

And Buckwheat kissing (I'm assuming) White girls.
Which, again, was obviously chaste. Once more, the problem is that you're focusing on the strict definitions rather than the cultural impact. This was a time when the idea of sexual relations between whites and blacks were considered quite shocking in much of America, and only shortly after the laws against such relations had been struck down nationwide. This was a time when there were still parts of the country where a black person could get lynched for being involved with a white person. And the Kirk-Uhura kiss was the first time that a black adult and a white adult had been shown on American television sharing a kiss on the lips in what was undeniably a sexual context. That was inflammatory in a way that a chaste kiss between children or a peck on the cheek could never be.

It is true that interracial kisses were rare back then. But granted, it wasn't considered quite so bad if it involved a White male. And I would say that there is historic reason for this.
Now, that much is true. At the time -- and, sadly, for a long time thereafter -- a black man with a white woman would've been perceived as far more objectionable and inflammatory, playing into stereotypes and fears of rapacious black men preying on white women.
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