I’m a huge fan of the Netflix TV series House of Cards. Kevin Spacey and the rest of the crew keep me on edge the entire time the show is on. It’s an intriguing portrayal of our nation’s capital, filled with murder, sex and betrayal — yet with every plot twist I’m reminded of how unrealistic the show actually is.
In fact, for me, one of the most unrealistic aspects of the show has nothing to do with intricate plots of revenge or eccentric, power-hungry, business moguls. Instead it has to do with the main character’s race.
Kevin Spacey plays Francis Underwood, a long-term congressmen who at the start of the series holds the powerful majority whip position for the Democratic caucus. Underwood hails from South Carolina’s fifth – a sprawling district stretching across much of the border with North Carolina which, in real life, is currently being represented by Republican Mark Mulvaney.
Much of Underwood’s character development pulls from his southern roots. In the first season an entire storyline emerges in which Francis must go home and deal with the locals and their small-town political issues. In the second, Underwood is again reminded of his deep southern ties.