Black Fictional Heroes: Star Trek

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I’m plowing through Hollywood In Blackface and should have my review done by the end of the week.

In the meantime, I would like to briefly draw attention to four important black fictional heroes who are not mentioned in the book: Captain Benjamin Sisko, Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge, Commander Tuvok, and Emory Erickson from Star Trek.

The theme of Hollywood In Blackface is that black people are routinely cast in roles in television shows and movies that have no correspondence to reality. Think of Omar Epps as a neurologist on House M.D. or Will Smith who is the best fighter pilot in the world in Independence Day.

Star Trek has been puffing up black people since Captain Kirk kissed Lieutenant Uhura and broke the color line on television in 1968. Here are the four most important African-Americans in the fictional Star Trek universe:

Captain Benjamin Sisko from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

(1) Captain Benjamin Sisko – In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which aired from 1993 to 1999, Captain Benjamin Sisko is the central character and commander of the Deep Space Nine space station, which borders a wormhole that leads to another section of the Milky Way Galaxy.

An empire of hostile aliens called “The Dominion” lives on the other side of the wormhole. As “The Emissary of the Prophets,” Captain Sisko is a divine figure to the White Bajoran people, routinely interacts with the Bajoran gods, and saves humanity and the entire galaxy from the evil shapeshifters and their drug addicted reptilian soldiers when they launch an invasion of the Alpha Quadrant.

Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge of Star Trek: The Next Generation

(2) Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge – In Star Trek: The Next Generation, which aired from 1987 to 1994 and was the basis of four Star Trek movies, Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge is the Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise.

In Star Trek: First Contact, La Forge and the Enterprise-E travel back in time to the 21st century to stop the Borg from preventing mankind’s first warp space flight.

The inventor of the warp drive is a financially motivated, White alcoholic named Zefram Cochrane who lives in Bozeman, Montana. La Forge has to hold his hand to get him to launch the Phoenix and make “first contact” with the Vulcans.

Commander Tuvok of Star Trek: Voyager

(3) Lieutenant Tuvok – In Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001, Lieutenant Tuvok is the Chief of Security and Chief Tactical Officer on the Starship Voyager.

Tuvok is a black Vulcan. His character was often at odds with his “illogical” crewmates, especially Tom Paris, who was the White helmsman.

Paris was a fuck up and the privileged son of Admiral Paris who ended up on Voyager to get out of prison. He served under Captain Janeway (White female), Commander Chakotay (American Indian), Commander Tuvok (Black male), Ensign Kim (Asian male), and Lieutenant Torres (Hispanic female).

In physical appearance, Tuvok (who was played by Tim Russ) resembles Barack Obama. The media has repeatedly compared Obama to Vulcans and imputed Vulcan-like qualities of high intelligence and logical thinking to him.

Emory Erickson, inventor of the transporter

(4) Emory Erickson – In Star Trek: Enterprise, which aired from 2001 to 2005, Emory Erickson is revealed as the inventor of the transporter in the Star Trek universe.

In the Enterprise episode “Daedalus,” Erickson is seen working on a “sub-quantum transporter” to rematerialize his son Quinn who was lost in a transporter accident.

Erickson’s biography inspired Trip Tucker, the chief engineer of the Enterprise NX-01, to become an engineer.

Without the invaluable leadership qualities and the scientific and technological contributions of African-Americans, humanity would have never traveled through interstellar space or survived armed conflict with hostile species from other parts of the galaxy.

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11 Responses to Black Fictional Heroes: Star Trek

  1. Jeffrey Heavin says:

    It’s a “no-brainer” why I enjoy the original “Star Trek” the best. I can remember how excited I was when the {then} new show,”Next Generation” came out, and how nearly sickened I was by the tidal wave of political correct garbage offered-up by Hollywood. I knew I was in for a disappointment at the intro when they amended “where no man has gone before” with “where no ONE has gone before.” Captain Kirk was a kick-ass White guy who was often a gentleman, but never took an ounce of s__t off of anybody. Captain Picard seemed like an English professor from Portland, Oregon.

  2. Old White Jim says:

    Hmmm. And I thought that the only things Blacks invented was Whoonga, Jenkem and those stylish flip-flops made out of 2-liter soda bottles.

  3. Gerald (aka dubeaux) says:

    Don’t forget the world’s greatest (if a tad unstable) computer scientist from the original series, “Richard Daystrom,” played by William Marshall, whose most famous role was “Blackula” during the 70s. It was this dusky braniac who designed Enterprise’s computers, though his M5 model came a cropper after it went beserk, killed some crewmen and destroyed some friendly vessels (causing the poor fellow himself to go catatonic).

  4. Nightowl says:

    In the first Star Trek movie however they messed up and had the black guy screw up the engines. In one scene a black subordinate to Mr. Scott responds to Scott’s command to start the engines by telling him he tried the best he could and the engines promptly go berserk and everyone becomes trapped in slow motion for 30 seconds. Spock then show up and has to fix what the negro couldn’t.

  5. Z-BOW says:

    Had to make up for da lack o’ respeck for dat old Negro Space Program:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6xJzAYYrX8

  6. HelenChicago says:

    Jeffrey mentions looking forward to “The Next Generation.” I remember that, too. We were told to “listen for the reworked intro.” Aha, thought I, they’re finally going to fix that split infinitive that’s been bugging me forever — “to boldly go.” No such luck. The Next Generation dared “to boldly go where no one had gone before.” The whole show was a P.C. mess.

  7. The progressives, who themselves are addicted to entertainment and other wish fulfillment fantasies, know these are the best way to reach the herd.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window

    As a result, they carefully program their agenda into flamboyantly emotional symbols, both weakening the resolve of their hosts and programming their minds toward acceptance of the radical leftist agenda.

    Or as one European visitor put it: “How come in American movies the leaders are always African-Americans, gays and women, when this is so rarely the case in the newspapers?”

  8. Bruce says:

    WTF Jeffrey Heavin? An English Professor from Portland, OR??? I live in Portland and it by far the finest city in the country. I spent years in Oklahoma and people were always badmouthing Portland, what the hell people, you’ve never even been here. Apparently all those red neck, trailer park livin’, white trash assholes think were all a bunch of pot smokin, tree hugging hippies. Well I’d rather pick apples barefoot all day than milk goats, or wrastle hogs in a hoe down barn party or ride my tractor to Walmart or my horse to the gas station to buy beer. At least people here understand English not like “y’all”.

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  11. Bannerdog says:

    It doesn’t need “fixing”. I’m very glad it wasn’t changed. The splitting of the infinitive is not a grammatical mistake. I very much like the phrase.

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