History Main / NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel

16th Jul '17 2:59:22 PM ChronoLegion
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E3ThinIce "Thin Ice"]], [[TomboyishName Bill]], upon finding she's in 1814, is worried about how she'll be treated on account of being black. The Doctor sadly acknowledges that slavery is still a reality in this time period, but Bill is surprised by the fact that the non-white population of London in the Regency is higher than she was expecting, and most of the characters don't bat an eye at her. The one character who ''does'' is Lord Sutcliffe, who promptly gets decked by the Doctor for it.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E3ThinIce "Thin Ice"]], [[TomboyishName Bill]], upon finding she's in 1814, is worried about how she'll be treated on account of being black. The Doctor sadly acknowledges that slavery is still a reality in this time period, but Bill is surprised by the fact that the non-white population of London in the Regency is higher than she was expecting, and most of the characters don't bat an eye at her. The one character who ''does'' is Lord Sutcliffe, who promptly gets decked by the Doctor for it. Later, when encountering Victorian soldiers on Mars, their commander laughs at the idea of Bill being a policewoman, since women couldn't be cops at that time. Averted when visiting Scotland during Ancient Roman times, as Bill's admittance to being lesbian is taken in stride by the Roman soldiers (one of them freely admits to being gay), and no one bats an eye at her skin color (the gay soldier is also black). In fact, sticking to one sexual preference is treated by them as "old-fashioned", and bisexuality is considered normal.
9th Jul '17 4:00:33 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/JohnnyAndTheBomb'', Yo-less travels back a mere forty years or so, to WorldWarII era, and has to deal with people calling him "Sambo".

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* In ''Literature/JohnnyAndTheBomb'', Yo-less travels back a mere forty years or so, to WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII era, and has to deal with people calling him "Sambo".



* ''Contact'' magazine, based on the ''Series/ThreeTwoOneContact'' TV show, had a recurring segment involving two time-traveling teenagers. One installment had the (presumably white) American kids get in trouble when they ended up in Japan during WorldWarII. In Hiroshima just before the bomb was dropped, no less.

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* ''Contact'' magazine, based on the ''Series/ThreeTwoOneContact'' TV show, had a recurring segment involving two time-traveling teenagers. One installment had the (presumably white) American kids get in trouble when they ended up in Japan during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. In Hiroshima just before the bomb was dropped, no less.
27th Jun '17 4:20:20 PM lakingsif
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Compare BlackVikings, PoliticallyCorrectHistory. Also EternalSexualFreedom.

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Compare BlackVikings, PoliticallyCorrectHistory. Also EternalSexualFreedom.
EternalSexualFreedom. Not really related to TimeTravellingLesbians, which is about the setting ''as a world in which time travel can exist'' making being queer more acceptable -- this can definitely still apply in those stories.
27th May '17 6:56:09 AM JackG
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** In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness and Toshiko Sato are stuck in 1940s Cardiff, and Tosh expresses some very real concerns about being Japanese and in WWII.

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** In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness and Toshiko Sato are stuck in 1940s Cardiff, and Tosh expresses some very real concerns about being Japanese and in WWII. Fortunately the attack on Pearl Harbor (and the British Asian colonies) is still several months in the future.
8th May '17 9:55:29 PM Golondrina
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* In the time-travel RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'', one of the flavor text stories deals with Cynthia, a Caucasian newbie spanner, [[DiscussedTrope discussing history's nastier periods]] with Evana, a more experienced African-American:

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* In the time-travel RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'', one of the flavor text stories deals with Cynthia, a Caucasian white newbie spanner, [[DiscussedTrope discussing history's nastier periods]] with Evana, a more experienced African-American:



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', a few alternate-universe versions of the X-Men travel back to the '50s to save the younger Professor Xavier from a time-traveling assassin. They all talk at a cafe, and the owner gets pissy about the fact that ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} (an African and a Caucasian, respectively) are a couple. Naturally, this makes Wolverine completely flip out.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', a few alternate-universe versions of the X-Men travel back to the '50s to save the younger Professor Xavier from a time-traveling assassin. They all talk at a cafe, and the owner gets pissy about the fact that ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} (an African woman and a Caucasian, white man, respectively) are a couple. Naturally, this makes Wolverine completely flip out.
29th Apr '17 8:04:34 PM AthenaBlue
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E3ThinIce "Thin Ice"]], [[TomboyishName Bill]], upon finding she's in 1814, is worried about how she'll be treated on account of being black. The Doctor sadly acknowledges that slavery is still a reality in this time period, but Bill is surprised by the fact that the non-white population of London in the Regency is higher than she was expecting, and most of the characters don't bat an eye at her. The one character who ''does'' is Lord Sutcliffe, who promptly gets decked by the Doctor for it.



-->'''Rani:''] "Yes, I get it, ethnic person in the 50s!"

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-->'''Rani:''] "Yes, -->'''Rani:''' Yes, I get it, ethnic person in the 50s!"50s!
13th Mar '17 1:12:17 PM AthenaBlue
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* Inverted in ''Series/The4400'', Richard Tyler has been brought forward from World War II, where he was almost killed for being attracted to a white woman. It takes him a few episodes to get used to the relative lack of racism.
* Subverted in a ''Series/ChappellesShow'' sketch, where "Playa Haters" go back in time and shoot a Southern plantation owner.



** The early Hartnell series sometimes avoided this by having the female characters dress as men. This happens in ''The Crusade'' and ''The Smugglers''. ''The Massacre'', meanwhile, has no female companion until the very end (which is set in the present day).

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** The early Hartnell series sometimes avoided this by having the female characters dress as men. This happens in ''The Crusade'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade "The Crusade"]] and ''The Smugglers''. ''The Massacre'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E1TheSmugglers "The Smugglers"]]. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre "The Massacre"]], meanwhile, has no female companion until the very end (which is set in the present day).



** "The Time Warrior" revolves in part about Sarah Jane, a 1970s-[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 80s]] feminist, getting stuck in the Dark Ages and the trouble this causes for her. She is treated horribly, both the men and the aliens in this time period are ridiculously misogynistic, and even clever and likeable contemporary woman scoff at the idea of not being basically slaves.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E1TheTimeWarrior "The Time Warrior" Warrior"]] revolves in part about Sarah Jane, a 1970s-[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 80s]] feminist, getting stuck in the Dark Ages and the trouble this causes for her. She is treated horribly, both the men and the aliens in this time period are ridiculously misogynistic, and even clever and likeable contemporary woman scoff at the idea of not being basically slaves.



** Rose also gets called out in the episode "Tooth and Claw" by Queen Victoria herself and several other characters who repeatedly describe her as being naked, due to the short overalls and tights she wears through the episode.

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** Rose also gets called out in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E2ToothAndClaw "Tooth and Claw" Claw"]] by Queen Victoria herself and several other characters who repeatedly describe her as being naked, due to the short overalls and tights she wears through the episode.



*** "The Shakespeare Code" had Martha worried about being sold as a slave, but the Doctor assured her this wasn't actually an issue. In reality, there actually were some black people in England, none of whom were slaves, and the dialog was actually meant to teach kids that England wasn't entirely white in the 17th century.
*** The later "Human Nature" / "Family of Blood" two-parter (set in 1913) had Martha's race subtly addressed as nobody believed a woman, let alone a ''poor minority'' woman, was capable of being a doctor. Martha got a SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome proving her extensive medical knowledge to one such doubter. The original novel that the episode was based on starred companion Franchise/BerniceSummerfield, who ditches her skirts about twenty minutes into the adventure in favour of her regular trousers. This gets her into a ''lot'' of trouble.
** Donna, while treated fairly well, still complains when the Doctor's cover story for her is that she's the "plucky young woman who helps me out" on account of there being no policewomen in 1920s Britain.
** In the Doctor Who spinoff ''Series/{{The Sarah Jane Adventures}}'' episode "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith," when Rani goes back to the 1950s looking for Sarah Jane. Although this is played with - Rani assumes racism, but later realises people are staring at her because of her outfit, and the only reason she's getting away with it is because she isn't white.
-->Rani: "Yes, I get it, ethnic person in the 50s!"
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness and Toshiko Sato are stuck in 1940s Cardiff, and Tosh expresses some very real concerns about being Japanese and in WWII.

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*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code" Code"]] had Martha worried about being sold as a slave, but the Doctor assured her this wasn't actually an issue. In reality, there actually were some black people in England, none of whom were slaves, and the dialog was actually meant to teach kids that England wasn't entirely white in the 17th century.
*** The later [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature" / "Family Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood" two-parter Blood"]] (set in 1913) 1913), had Martha's race subtly addressed as nobody believed a woman, let alone a ''poor minority'' woman, was capable of being a doctor. Martha got a SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome proving her extensive medical knowledge to one such doubter. The original novel that the episode was based on starred companion Franchise/BerniceSummerfield, who ditches her skirts about twenty minutes into the adventure in favour of her regular trousers. This gets her into a ''lot'' of trouble.
** Donna, while treated fairly well, still complains when the Doctor's cover story for her in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp "The Unicorn and the Wasp"]] is that she's the "plucky young woman who helps me out" on account of there being no policewomen in 1920s Britain.
** In the Doctor Who spinoff ''Series/{{The Sarah Jane Adventures}}'' ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith," Smith", when Rani goes back to the 1950s looking for Sarah Jane. Although this is played with - -- Rani assumes racism, but later realises people are staring at her because of her outfit, and the only reason she's getting away with it is because she isn't white.
-->Rani: -->'''Rani:''] "Yes, I get it, ethnic person in the 50s!"
* ** In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness and Toshiko Sato are stuck in 1940s Cardiff, and Tosh expresses some very real concerns about being Japanese and in WWII.WWII.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has ''Night of the Hawk'' when the team travels to 1958. Jax and Kendra get uncomfortable reactions to their interracial dating/fake marriage, and when Jax gets pulled over by a cop... Then there's Sara's budding romance with a cute female nurse. Stein initially expresses his belief in how great and simple a time it was, only to be brutally shut down by Jax and Sara, who point out that this is only true if you're a straight white male. Stein is forced to agree. In Season 2, the Legends end up in the middle of the AmericanCivilWar, and Jax and Amaya end up witnessing the plight of the slaves. Their non-submissive attitudes immediately lands them in hot water with the white plantation owner.



* The trailer for the Fox comedy ''Making History'' has a bungling time traveler realizing he's messed up Paul Revere's ride. He then brings his college professor pal back with him to fix things. However, both have overlooked the tiny fact that a black man in 1776, no matter how educated he is, will automatically be thought of as a runaway slave.
* This trope was the center of an early ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode, where Sam ends up in the body of a black man, in the past. Sam nearly gets himself into hot water immediately by trying to sit down in a café and order a meal.
* The premise of one ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch was to bring a rather camp 17th century [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Belgian]] nobleman and his equally camp black (free) manservant together with [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]] member[[note]]ex-member, actually: he had just been thrown out for being too violent[[/note]] Creator/JohnBelushi in the DeepSouth.



* Subverted in a ''Series/ChappellesShow'' sketch, where "Playa Haters" go back in time and shoot a Southern plantation owner.
* Done with ''space'' travel rather than time travel on the original ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'', when the characters visit a planet of HumanAliens. As there are no dark-skinned people on that world (or at least that part of it), a black character from Earth isn't able to accompany her companions in public.



* This trope was the center of an early ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode, where Sam ends up in the body of a black man, in the past. Sam nearly gets himself into hot water immediately by trying to sit down in a cafe and order a meal.
* Inverted in ''Series/The4400'', Richard Tyler has been brought forward from World War II, where he was almost killed for being attracted to a white woman. It takes him a few episodes to get used to the relative lack of racism.
* The premise of one ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch was to bring a rather camp 17th century [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Belgian]] nobleman and his equally camp black (free) manservant together with [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]] member[[note]]ex-member, actually: he had just been thrown out for being too violent[[/note]] Creator/JohnBelushi in the DeepSouth.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has ''Night of the Hawk'' when the team travels to 1958. Jax and Kendra get uncomfortable reactions to their interracial dating/fake marriage, and when Jax gets pulled over by a cop... Then there's Sara's budding romance with a cute female nurse. Stein initially expresses his belief in how great and simple a time it was, only to be brutally shut down by Jax and Sara, who point out that this is only true if you're a straight white male. Stein is forced to agree. In Season 2, the Legends end up in the middle of the AmericanCivilWar, and Jax and Amaya end up witnessing the plight of the slaves. Their non-submissive attitudes immediately lands them in hot water with the white plantation owner.



* The trailer for the Fox comedy ''Making History'' has a bungling time traveler realizing he's messed up Paul Revere's ride. He then brings his college professor pal back with him to fix things. However, both have overlooked the tiny fact that a black man in 1776, no matter how educated he is, will automatically be thought of as a runaway slave.

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* The trailer for the Fox comedy ''Making History'' has a bungling Done with ''space'' travel rather than time traveler realizing he's messed up Paul Revere's ride. He then brings his college professor pal back with him to fix things. However, both have overlooked travel on the tiny fact original ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'', when the characters visit a planet of HumanAliens. As there are no dark-skinned people on that world (or at least that part of it), a black man character from Earth isn't able to accompany her companions in 1776, no matter how educated he is, will automatically be thought of as a runaway slave. public.
26th Dec '16 7:16:48 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fanfic ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' Suzaku from the year 2036, accidentally time-travels to a decade into the past when the racist Britannian Empire was active and is constantly discriminated, distrusted and degraded until he earns the trust of the young Emperor Lelouch elevating his status. Even then, no one gives him any respect and viewed with suspicion.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fanfic ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' Suzaku from the year 2036, accidentally time-travels from the year 2036 to a decade into the past when the racist Britannian Empire was active and is constantly discriminated, distrusted and degraded until he earns the trust of the young Emperor Lelouch elevating his status. Even then, no one gives him any respect and he's viewed with suspicion.



* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', only one of the three time-travelers sent to change the result of Columbus' first encounter with native Americans is the appropriate race for the culture that they will be dealing with (and none of them are white). In the end, [[spoiler:one character, a black woman, has to overcome a lot of prejudice to win over the natives, but she eventually succeeds]] while another, [[spoiler:a middle-eastern man sent to sabotage one of Columbus's ships, actually uses his race to the mission's advantage, revealing himself and allowing his HeroicSacrifice to unite the crew against the "Muslim enemy".]] The [[spoiler:Muslim]] is explicitly stated as being white. It is only when he [[spoiler:speaks Arabic and declares himself a Turk]] that his race becomes an issue... Even the Mayan going back to visit the Mayans is a foot taller than the Mayans of that time, making him stand out. The "foot taller" part helps, as his goal is to [[spoiler:convince the natives that he's a messenger of the gods]].

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', only one of the three time-travelers sent to change the result of Columbus' first encounter with native Americans is the appropriate race for the culture that they will be dealing with (and none of them are white). In the end, [[spoiler:one character, a black woman, has to overcome a lot of prejudice to win over the natives, but she eventually succeeds]] while another, [[spoiler:a middle-eastern man sent to sabotage one of Columbus's ships, actually uses his race to the mission's advantage, revealing himself and allowing his HeroicSacrifice to unite the crew against the "Muslim enemy".]] The [[spoiler:Muslim]] is explicitly stated as being white. It is only when he [[spoiler:speaks Arabic and declares himself a Turk]] that his race becomes an issue... Even even the Mayan going back to visit the Mayans is a foot taller than the Mayans of that time, making him stand out. The "foot taller" part helps, as his goal is to [[spoiler:convince the natives that he's a messenger of the gods]].
26th Dec '16 7:11:17 PM Theriocephalus
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Modern European society is legally and officially an egalitarian environment for all ethnicities; most fiction writers suggest that the sci-fi future will be even more so. But if time travel ever becomes an institution in the future, some parts of the past may not be safe for all people to travel to. In particular, the use of Africans as slaves on plantations in The Americas and Arabia in the period c.1600-1870 and the establishment of European protectorates (puppet-governments) over the entire continent of Africa from the 1870s 'til the 1980s led to Africans being thought of as intrinsically inferior to non-African peoples - [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra the last regime to espouse the inferiority of African peoples was only toppled in 1994]]. It's safe to say that this period of history casts a long shadow over present-day Africa and the African diaspora in The Americas in particular.

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Modern European society is legally and officially an egalitarian environment for all ethnicities; most fiction writers suggest that the sci-fi future will be even more so. But if time travel ever becomes an institution in the future, some parts of the past may not be safe for all people to travel to. In particular, the use of Africans as slaves on plantations in The the Americas and Arabia in the period c.1600-1870 and the establishment of European protectorates (puppet-governments) over the entire continent of Africa from the 1870s 'til the 1980s led to Africans being thought of as intrinsically inferior to non-African peoples - -- [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra the last regime to espouse the inferiority of African peoples was only toppled in 1994]]. It's safe to say that this period of history casts a long shadow over present-day Africa and the African diaspora in The the Americas in particular.



How realistic (at least, to the extent that [[CaptainObvious a story about time travel can be rooted in realism]]) this trope is varies. There is no use pretending that racism did not exist, but the levels and expressions thereof have varied wildly throughout history -- it is not cleanly divided between the dangerous Past and the accepting Present. It's also paranoid (in most cases) to assume that a "modern" person's very ''[[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence existence]]'' will trigger violence or repression. Most civilized societies will tolerate just about anyone as long as they don't "cause any trouble" - although, granted, "trouble" will be defined very broadly if a society really is that reactionary.

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How realistic (at least, to the extent that [[CaptainObvious a story about time travel can be rooted in realism]]) this trope is varies. There is no use pretending that racism did not exist, but the levels and expressions thereof have varied wildly throughout history -- it is not cleanly divided between the dangerous Past and the accepting Present. It's also paranoid (in most cases) to assume that a "modern" person's very ''[[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence existence]]'' will trigger violence or repression. Most civilized societies will tolerate just about anyone as long as they don't "cause any trouble" - -- although, granted, "trouble" will be defined very broadly if a society really is that reactionary.
15th Dec '16 2:16:54 PM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' : The trailer shows that the subject will appear in the series. As the pilot of the craft says : "There's literally no place in American History that'll be awesome for me !" He's proven right.

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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' : The trailer shows that the subject will appear in the series. ''Series/{{Timeless}}'': Brought up almost constantly. As the pilot of the craft says : Rufus says: "There's literally no place in American History that'll be awesome for me !" He's proven right.
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