Star Trek has been at the forefront of fostering multiculturalism since its conception by Gene Roddenberry in 1964. Gene was himself a true optimist. Like Jules Verne he believed in the possibility of humanity having a bright future.
Star Trek projected the notion that humanity can fight all it’s enemies if they join hands and put their differences aside. The crew of The Enterprise in The Original Series (TOS) manifest this idea.
TOS shows people from diverse and multicultural environments working together to ‘go where no man has gone before’. The USS Enterprise stands for United Space Ship Enterprise instead of United States Ship Enterprise. Crew members include Pavel Chekov (who is Russian), Uhura (who is African American) and Hikaru Sulu (who is Asian).
Back in the sixties, the Cold War between the USA and USSR was its height. The US was gripped with racial tensions and Martin Luther King Jr. has delivered his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech in 1963. Asian countries like China and North Korea were radically communist. The whole world was split into Communist nations and Free nations and proxy wars were being waged between the two ideologies everywhere.
Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek was a beacon of hope in those times. TOS showed a future where there were no wars between humans, where there were no racial tensions between people of different races and there was peace on planet earth.
TOS shows a future where we as human beings have evolved into a species that no longer devour on each other. Multiculturalism is deep-set in our DNA. I short we are living Martin Luther King’s dream. We live in a world where we are no longer judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. We live together and work together for the common good.
Star Trek is awesome because it is truly multicultural. It represents diversity to the fullest. TOS is unmistakably optimistic. That is one of the reasons why it’s fan base keeps growing with each passing year.