Oh YES Star Trek blazed a good trail!
by, January 28th, 2011 at 08:59 AM (467 Views)
Anyone hear the NPR story this morning about how Star Trek (TOS) influenced the African-American astronaut Ronald McNair? He was a member of the Challenger crew 25 years ago.
My inclination has always been to believe that equality portrayed in entertainment could be influential in the real world; so it was a good thing, for example, that Star Trek way back in the ‘60s showed an integrated crew, and that William Shatner kissed Nichelle Nichols onscreen. I worried I was being naïve, though, and that any actual progress in equality had nothing to do with anything as insignificant as a science fiction television show.
But Ronald McNair’s brother Carl, in the NPR story, cites Star Trek and seems to credit it with encouraging Ronald to dream of becoming an astronaut.
So how about that. Furthermore, I also believe the Olympics are a good thing in that they bring nations together, as imperfect as they are . . . but I guess that’s for another blog.
Link to the NPR story: