First interracial kiss on TV

All the Internet conversation regarding Jill Scott’s comments about interracial couples got me to thinking about the so-called first interracial kiss on television between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series (I say” so-called” because I am not entirely sure if they were the first, but I’ll stick with popular lore).

Now, granted they were being forced to kiss by a group of sadistic aliens that were using them for entertainment via body control, but still. It was neat! I wondered, though, was it truly as big a deal as we think it was? I went onto Google to see if I could find some interviews with William Shatner or Nichelle Nichols talking about it. I found one here. Interestingly enough, Nichols says the cast didn’t really think much about it until it was almost time to air, then they started to get a little nervous. So it aired and they got an overwhelmingly positive response, except for one dude who said he didn’t believe in the races mixing, but basically says what the hell because Nichols is hot and Shatner is red-blooded American male (I’m paraphrasing here).

And what was up with Shatner side-stepping Leonard Nimoy? Apparently in the original script, Spock and Uhura were supposed to kiss…smh.

Jill Scott on interracial relationships

You know, when I read Jill Scott’s post on Essence.com, I didn’t even know what to think. She says that when she sees a black man married to or dating a white woman, she feels her spirit “wince”. Even though I am in an interracial relationship, as a black woman, just for a moment, I felt some empathy for her.

But that moment passed fairly quickly.

Scott, and women that think like her, need to get over it. Now. Stop using the very complex history of race relations in this country as the reason for your own jealousy and insecurities. The latter is the heart of the matter; grown folks acting like they are in high school, minding business that is clearly not theirs.

She also states how in the past, black men would be killed for having relationships with white women. This is true…and? I mean, is stating that little historical nugget some kind of taunt to said black men? Reminding those that date/marry non-black women that their “behavior” now would have gotten them killed 50 years ago? How incredibly petty.

Scott tries to explain her comments here in a CNN interview, but does a poor job.

Jill, if you’re all about love, why do you care who dates/marries who? It should make you happy that people can be with whomever they want with out public ridicule and loss of life. And you are not opening dialogue about U.S. race relations, so stop pretending you are. You’re just airing personal frustrations. In addition, qualifying that you only feel this way in certain places, i.e., here in the U.S., but not in London or Holland, just makes you seem like a bizarre person who might have a mental problem.

Now, I will not go so far as to say Scott is racist. Like I said above, it is a matter of personal insecurities and blaming others for your poor choice in men. Scott is professionally successful, doing what she loves, and great at what she does, yet she wastes her time lamenting about another person’s choice of a mate because they are not black.

Read this article at The Atlantic, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He sums things up very well.