I have to give some dap to TV writers and producers again. The new NBC drama “The Event” actually goes farther than most on the “open your mind” scale.
We have seen Black Presidents on TV before, notably the first season of “24” and in various movies, including Morgan Freeman in the Ben Afleck thriller, “The Sum of All Fears,” to name just a couple. But “The Event” does two things I haven’t seen and I truly applaud.
For one, the Black President, played by Blair Underwood, is also Hispanic, Cuban in heritage, to be specific. He even has a Spanish name, Elias Martinez. That’ll throw a few people for a loop. Good. Because people need to realize that Hispanic is not a “race” and that Black people exist in a lot of countries.
Going one step past even that, Underwood’s character is in what some would call an interracial marriage, the First Lady being played by Puerto Rican actress Lisa Vidal. And they have a Mixed kid. So there you go, our first fictional Mixed family in The White House. It could happen. Hey I do believe life can and does imitate art and I think getting people used to seeing fictional Black Presidents did in a small way, pave the way for Obama. So maybe seeing more characters like these will also have some impact down the road.
Here’s hoping so. But for now, way to go NBC for pushing the envelope a bit.