When aliens telepathically forced Captain Kirk to kiss Lt. Uhura on the Original Star Trek, no one in the Star Trek universe thought much of it.
However, back in the 1960’s in the United States, where the show was filmed, racial tensions were high.
The kiss sent shockwaves across the country because, forced or not, white men just didn’t kiss black women (in public).
However, to the credit of Trekkies everywhere, though there were some protests, most people didn’t freak out about the kiss.
In her 1994 autobiography, Beyond Uhura, Star Trek and Other Memories page 197, Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura, recounts receiving a letter from one white Southerner following the incident.
The Southerner said, “I am totally opposed to the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain’t gonna fight it.”
Forty years later, America has a black president, and Star Trek has new life through an origins series. In it Uhura and Spock are romantically linked.
Like the first time around, most people dig the fact that Spock and Uhura have a relationship.
Some people, however, hate it.
They hate that a half-human alien and a black human have a romantic relationship.
It’s laughable really, since God didn’t create a black race or a white race.
According to the Bible, all human beings are of “one blood” (Acts 17:26). That’s because, in the beginning, God created two people, Adam and Eve. Everybody, no matter, the color of skin, is descended from these two people.
For those of you who discount the Bible, I’m not saying anything that scientists aren’t saying.
Dr. Douglas C. Wallace, professor of molecular genetics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, said, “The criteria that people use for race are based entirely on external features that we are programmed to recognize.”
Dr. Harold Page Freeman, chief executive, president, and director of surgery at North General Hospital in Manhattan, said, “If you ask what percentage of your genes is reflected in your external appearance, the basis by which we talk about race, the answer seems to be in the range of 0.01 percent.”
Simply put, both doctors are saying that race is a social construct. Race is trivial.
There is more variation any group than there is between one group and another. If a white person is looking for a tissue match for an organ transplant, for instance, the best match may come from a black person, and vice versa.
The reason we look different from each other is because we have different levels of melanin. Oh, and the Tower of Babel.
Remember that story you learned in school, where all the people on earth got together got together to build a stairway to heaven? But God didn’t like it so He confused the languages and people couldn’t understand each other? (Gen 11:1-9)
The Tower of Babel incident led to the linguistic and societal enclaves we enjoy.
By making distrustful of each other, our sinful nature further intensified the separation caused by the Tower of Babel. Thus we choose to think we are different from other humans, when nothing could be further from the truth.
According to Answers in Genesis, “Because of the new language and geographic barriers, the groups no longer freely mixed with other groups, and the result was a splitting of the gene pool. Different cultures formed, with certain features becoming predominant within each group. The characteristics of each became more and more prominent as new generations of children were born.”
Now back to Spock (or Kirk) and Uhura.
Spock and Uhura’s relationship is logical. If a human and a *humanoid have a loving relationship and they relate on an emotional and intellectual level, people should not freak out.
They should rejoice, because it’s hard to find the “one.”
Spock found his “one” in Uhura, and that’s pretty cool.
*If Spock was not a humanoid, there’d be some cause for fallback -since humans should only mate with other humans. (Lev 18:23)
Source: Originally posted at http://theundergroundsite.com/index.php/2009/06/interracial-dating-and-star-trek/