Growing up I watched a lot of Cold Case Files, American Justice, Rescue 911, The Outer Limits, Unsolved Mysteries, and a little America’s Most Wanted for glitz.
They don’t make shows like that anymore. But I watch a butt-load of I Survived, Live to Tell, 48 Hours, The First 48, and I’m currently watching this last season of Dexter. I only ever saw season 1, so it took me a few episodes and questions to catch up. Anyway, what can I say that hasn’t already been said about it.
But no, no, no. That’s not what is bothering me. What bothers me is how often I’ve heard on mainstream television when talking about a murderer who happens to be white – “now this shocked everyone because he really didn’t look like a killer!” Bullshit. What are the prerequisites for looking like a killer?
And since a majority of these shows are dedicated to “majorities” (who are, ironically and technically minorities by now), there must come a point when one can say of an attractive white woman who slaughters her children or rich man who rapes a woman and think, “Oh, we should have seen that coming.”