If the pair do strike up a romance, it would be sure to raise eyebrows at the Abbey. A relationship between a black man and a white woman in 1920s England was a very serious social taboo. The stakes would be even higher if the pair ever returned to Jack’s home in the United States, where interracial relationships wouldn’t be legal in all 50 states for another 40 years.
Personally, we think Rose’s great aunt, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith), will take more issue with Jack being a Yankee than with his skin color. Who could forget her zingers about Cora Crawley’s (Elizabeth McGovern) American mother? Add in the fact that Jack makes a living as a jazz singer (how modern!) and we can only imagine what the woman who was afraid of electricity might have to say.
We sure hope these concerns won’t stop Rose from following her heart if Jack really is the one. (Jack and Rose — that sure sounds like a familiar pairing of star-crossed lovers on a boat...)
No matter what’s to come, icebergs or otherwise, we’ll be rooting for these two! We need a good romance after last season’s grisly demise to the Mary-Matthew lovefest.