Thursday, August 04, 2022

She Is Not Alone In The Sentiment, But . . . Classist?

 Leave it to Ann Althouse to fuck it up, totally.  The passing of Nichelle Nichols?  She is one of the judgy folk  (some are black, let's make that clear,)  who are dismissing her importance in her role in Star Trek.  Mischaracterizing her job as a future, space going receptionist and or secretary?

Well if that is only the case, she was still the first black woman to get that kind of gig on TV, back when that shit was really groundbreaking.  So check yourself on that count.  She wasn't cleaning up after white people, or cooking for them.  Not that there is anything inherently wrong with that kind of work.  But that was not only a trope, but a reality of how racism was still working in America, back in the 1960's.  So check yourself and your narrow, unpretty brain!

But wait.  There's more.

Before I ever was a lawyer (even after, actually,) I did time as office admin. help.  Shit.  I was in the shipping receiving dept. of CBS  in NYC, for a year.  It actually was then that I learned the truth of the world.

If they don't actually run the world, admin. staff keeps the world running. So it takes not only ignorance, but an amount of ugly snobbery to diss the admin. staff.

Just saying.  Really bad, classist bias!

I am going with a pic from one of the movies.  She looks so distinguished and accomplished.

RIP  Nichelle.  You did far more good in the world than most folk, be they lawyers or law professors.

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