What’s wrong with this picture?
The character isn’t defined by her race, she’s defined by her strength. There can be any character of any race. Get over it.
Yes it was a very big deal that Uhura was a strong black woman on TV, but that’s not the only thing about her.
You’re right. Uhura is a strong woman and shouldn’t be defined by her race. But you know what else? Uhura is an African woman. Ignoring that does a disservice to her character, as well as all who have had and continue to suffer through years of oppression and misrepresentation/ no representation.
And you know what? It’s not just this costume. In searching for an Uhura costume, I found one woman of color in an unofficially licensed costume.
Fair enough representation, right?
No. It’s not. It wasn’t back in the 60’s when Uhura was first conceived, and it sure isn’t now.
Furthermore, this is not in keeping with the vision of Star Trek, so you can see why it’s frustrating to see officially licensed being peddled in an exclusionary manner.
Nichelle Nichols was paid as a day player because the network didn’t want her to be a regular, because of her race.
Up until 1967, laws prohibiting interracial marriage were considered legal, and valid in the United States. Mildred Loving’s marriage to the man she loved was against the law in the state of Virginia, because of her race.
In 1968, “Plato’s Stepchildren” featured the first scripted interracial kiss on American television. This episode was not shown on certain Southern channels, because of Uhura’s race.
So while Uhura may not be “defined” by her race, that does not mean that Nichelle Nichols’s racial identity, or Lt. Uhura’s heritage as an African woman should be discarded.