The War on Terror, Homegrown Racism, and the White Knight
Chapter 8 pivots on the aftermath of the events of 9/11 and its reinvigoration of a white male rogue as embodied by Jack Bauer. He became the embodiment of the American response to the War on Terror, sparking intense political and cultural disputes over the show’s depiction of torture—the ends justifying almost any degree of brutality in its routine use of “ticking time bomb” plots. The chapter also profiles three productions that engage the LAPD’s Rampart scandal, including Training Day, Dark Blue, and the TV show, The Shield. Each finds closure for its rogue in telling ways, but only Washington’s Oscar-winning character is shown as unredeemable and in need of killing, suggesting that blackness as threat remains part of the equation.