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Since they are gay, such honesty is relegated to the distant realm of premium cable.

That's how you know you're part of America's Sea of Average -- television, great normalizing force that it is, makes your historically taboo marriage look as boring as everyone else's.

That said, we're nothing like "Earl's" Darnell the Crab Man and Joy, thank God, or "Grey's" uptight duo Cristina Yang and Preston Burke.

And he didn't want to perpetuate the image of a successful black man passing over black women to be with a white one.

That sore point is central to "Something New," a romantic comedy currently in theaters, about a tightly wound professional black woman (Sanaa Lathan) overcoming her reservations about dating her white landscaper (Simon Baker).

But the hook-up that got the most attention was Dr. Corday on "ER"; which Eriq La Salle, the actor who played Peter Benton, requested be unplugged.

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Yes, the glaring flaw in not discussing television's interracial relationships is that keeping quiet won't smooth the way to a future free of racial strife.Even as we celebrate this step forward, I can't help but notice what we're not seeing.

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The two of us can only hope to have the kind of connection that telegraphs hope if we were ever to be separated, like Rose's link with Bernard on "Lost." And when you think about Bernard and Rose's neighbors on that island -- a junkie, a con man and an ex-Nigerian crime lord among them -- those two are dull as toast in comparison. Television's acknowledgement of interracial courtship is nothing new, of course. Kirk and Uhura shared TV's first interracial kiss on "Star Trek" way back the '60s.Yang and Burke are in Seattle, where they wouldn't attract much notice.If the two doctors were on "ER," they'd be likely to encounter harsh glares as they walked through Chicago's neighborhoods.On a recent Tuesday I arrived home from work to the announcement, according to my husband, Dave, that we were on television.He was watching his favorite guilty pleasure, "Supernatural" (aka "Simon & Simon" with demons and heavy metal) and there, in bed, were Dean (Jensen Ackles) and his black ex-girlfriend, Cassie.Nor can I help but think of two of television's other well-known interracial couples: Keith and David, of HBO's late "Six Feet Under," and Bette and Tina on Showtime's "The L Word." Though their relationships were fraught with difficulties, both pairings were (and are) raw, true depictions of the challenges faced by people who commit to one another when society is aligned against such a union.