Becoming American: Ethnic Others as Crimefighting Heroes
Chapter 6 analyzes the ethnic Other, still acutely underrepresented in Hollywood. A brief look at the legacy of Asian American and Jewish cops, including John Munch from Homicide: Life on the Street, along with the alternative policing style of a young Navajo cop. The most egregious absence involves Latinos, who dominate portraits of gang members but rarely portray lead crimefighters. The exception is Jennifer Lopez, who has portrayed a plethora of cops and federal agents, with the chapter including a profile of her recent TV series, Shades of Blue, in which she is part of an effective but rogue unit that is eventually brought to justice. The series also includes two notable African American male detectives who try to reconcile being both black and blue.