Today's Free Essay
by Kristine Kathryn Ruschon 24
As I write this essay, season six of 24 has just started with its characteristic bang (or, in this case, bangs). Much as I love the plotting, the cliffhangers, and the changes in the life of Jack Bauer and friends, what I love most about season six is something that has so far gone unremarked in all the reviews.
Wayne Palmer has just been elected president of the United States–the second African-American president of the United States.
Now, the real United States has never had a first African-American president, let alone a second one. In fact, we have never had a Latino president, an Asian-American president, or a female president. Every president we’ve had has been white, male, and (theoretically) a practicing Christian.
We patted ourselves on the back in 1960 because we elected a Catholic (see? No prejudice here), and we did so again when Al Gore nominated a … read more»
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