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Old January 8 2013, 09:53 PM   #13
Hyfen_Underskor
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Re: Is Star Trek Interracially revolutionary?

Christopher wrote: View Post
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.
The Shatner-Uhura kiss was the first of it's kind (involuntary which leaves open the possibility that they both abhored the very idea), and the head turned to where the kiss was not visible.

As far as Davis and Sinatra, who's to say how friendly it was?

As far as incluing Buckwheat, that was a bit tongue-in-cheek (no pun intended).
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