But if you are seeking that nexus – for whatever reason, allow me to direct you to one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek – featuring none other than President Abraham Lincoln.
It’s great – it really is. With all sorts of lessons for the late 1960s television audience. President Lincoln even refers to Lt. Nyota Uhura (played by Nichelle Nichols) as a “charming negress.” Yeah…that sort of makes us cringe today – and it gave the officers of the Enterprise a chuckle. But of course the point was to show the racially charged public of the 1960s – on the heels of church bombings, police dogs, and fire hoses – just how far we will have come in the future…stardate: 2265.
Captain’s log…..kudos. You know what else? Star Trek was the first program ever to air an interracial kiss – between Captain Kirk and Uhura. That show had stones.