I intended on writing a post about how Star Trek is the ony Sci-Fi I can think of that has a positive standpoint on us and our future, but recent events reminded me of our very human faults.
Star Trek boasts no hunger and no poverty, but is even this utopia able to eradicate racism?
Sadly, no. Not on a basely human level, anyway.
Earth, itself, seems to be alright. Some episodes of DS9 point to major class upheavals in the 2020s, but the human-specific racial issues take place before then and are alive in thier awareness, which is important when trying to avoid repeating the horrors of our collective past.
But that doesn’t mean that racism is solved. We, as humans, just needed some other to marginalize and discriminate against.
“‘Speciesism’ is the idea that being human is a good enough reason for human animals to have greater moral rights than non-human animals. …a prejudice or bias in favour of the interests of members of one’s own species and against those of members of other species.” – BBC
Spock is the most obvious example, being bi-racial (bi-speciel? bi-special?) in heritage. Oh how we laughed and laughed as the good country doctor spun some good old country racism at the half-breed.
Although he was the most repeated (and most passive) victim of offense, Spock was by no means alone. Cardassians are called spoon-heads and Klingons are often referred to as smelly and loud.
Humans have a need to categorize and differentiate. It is what set up our language and systems of contextual understanding.
This doesn’t mean that we need to label other as lesser, but we still do it.