Science fiction often involves the colonization of new places and the enslavement or eradication of the alien species found there. Thus, a fairly Anglo-Saxon genre. And consequently, a genre any good Oreo should learn to enjoy.
So I went to see Star Trek this weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find a fellow Oreo welcoming me to the fold.
Officer Uhura (NOTE: Mild spoilers ahead)
While the actress playing Uhura, Zoe Saldana, is mixed race and therefore ineligible for Oreo status, Uhura herself clearly is.
Three indicators make her penchant for non-ethnicity delightfully obvious.
- Physical profile. Urhura’s rail thin body as depicted in the film happily erases any hint of ethnic curvature.
- Her mother tongue. Uhura is clearly in the top first or second percentile of her class and speaks many languages and dialects. Not included in her language list: jive, ebonics or urban.
- Identity safe sex. According to the latest film, Uhura is romantically involved with Commander Spock. While there were no other cadets of color on board the enterprise, there were a host of cadets of color at the academy. Uhura could have unwisely chosen one of these young men to bed with. However, she rightly chose interracial, nay interspecies love, just like a good Oreo should.
- Bonus points for chosing a near Vulcan version of an Oreo (Voreo? Vuloreo?). Spock is half human, half Vulcan and his decision to have emotional relations anyone betrays his Vulcan (minority) side.
Whitewashing knows no planetary bounds. And thank the cosmos for that.