A good friend of mine sent me an email yesterday about my Star Trek post, suggesting I view the original series as television show that was groundbreaking for its diversity during a time when civil rights were at the forefront.Mary Anne Mohanraj (one of the creators of Strange Horizons and a South Asian speculative fiction writer) discusses (in part) the same thing here.
I'm somewhat ashamed that I didn't praise Star Trek for this.
But again, as I said in my previous post, I think my disinterest in the original series might have a little to do with generation. Now, neither my good friend nor Mary Anne are that much older than me, but both (I think) would have been seniors in high school when I was a freshman.
That's not the ten-year difference my sister and I have, but those four years put them closer to the 60's and the civil rights era than me.
I was born smack in the middle of the 70's and grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the 80's. And even though, I remember singing "Young, Gifted and Black" in school, and the "I'm Black and I'm Proud" slogan being everywhere, obvious products of the civil rights ra, I'm a child of the 80's through and through.
I watched MTV often, and I had both a Rubik's Cube and an Atari 2600.
What am I trying to say? I think I'm trying to say that for the children of the 70's Star Trek is viewed as a result of the strong, determined voices of the civil rights era, and for children of the 80's Star Trek gets lost in new-fangled gadgets, Voltron and Transformers.
But then again, maybe my view on the series is severely narrow.