a boy growing up in 1960's California, I found in Captain Kirk and Star
Trek the very kind of future I wanted to help make happen. As I grew older,
I followed the exploits of America's space program with great excitement,
and rejoiced when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon in the summer
A year earlier, in 1968, I first viewed the motion picture "2001: A Space Odyssey" and saw in that film the very world I believed destined to grow up and live in--a world of lunar colonies and interplanetary exploration.
Alas, the world portrayed in Arthur C. Clarke's vision of 2001 never came to pass. It is now the year 2002, and Man has not set foot on the lunar surface in some 30 years, much less built any moon colonies like Clavius Base.
|What happened to that glorious promise
of the future we children of the 1960's grew up believing would be ours?
Was it all just so much wishful thinking created on some Hollywood sound
stage? Why didn't we achieve the real thing and go on to colonize the
Moon, as we all believed would happen by the dawn of the 21st century?
What went wrong?
As I explored the possible reasons over the ensuing years, I still held on to the belief that somewhere in the distant future a child by the name of James T. Kirk (or someone like him) would one day be born, and grow up to become a starship captain. Men like Dr. McCoy and Lieutenant Commander Scott would stand by him in that future era, as would others from the planet Earth, all "boldly going where no man had gone before".
Then, several years ago, I read some very sobering and shocking news. It was a demographic study that offered a detailed analysis of what the world's racial make-up would be like some two hundred years from now. After reading the study, then re-reading it a second time to make certain I had understood its import, I realized I was reading about the era of Star Trek, and what the future race of Man would be like. And the most shocking conclusion of all that I drew from the report was this: that Captain James T. Kirk would never be born...
|According to the demographic
study, if present immigration trends and falling white birth rates continue
unabated, the end result will be total extinction for all whites on Earth
within two hundred years. As a result, Captain Kirk will never be born
- at least not the Captain Kirk we're all familiar with. Nor will Dr.
McCoy, Lieutenant-Commander Scott, Ensign Kyle, or Nurse Chapel. Even
the inventor of the warp drive--Zephram Cochrane--won't ever be born.
Perhaps some Chinese warp drive inventor will, but not anyone even remotely
resembling tall, blue-eyed Zephram Cochrane.
As for the starship Enterprise (if by some miracle it should ever come into being) it will be manned by a completely - and I mean completely - non-white crew. Some of you - perhaps many of you - may not care if this future world comes to pass. If so that is sad, especially when one remembers how much pride Lieutenant Commander Scott always took in his Scottish ancestry. The same holds true for Lieutenant Kyle of his English roots, Ensign Chekov of his Russian heritage, and Lt. Jaeger of his German blood. These future men, judging by the demographic study, will never exist. Did you - the Star Trek fan - know this? Or were you so caught up in the wonder of interstellar exploration to realize that men like James T. Kirk will never be born. Then again, perhaps years of multicultural indoctrination have made you indifferent.
As for myself, I am proud of my European ancestry. I am proud of what my people have accomplished down through the centuries, from the discovery of flight to the landing of men on the Moon. I remember the past too, and how great men like Magellan and Captain James Cook became two of the greatest sea-going explorers of all time. Yet, the future appears to hold no place for the descendants of Magellan, Cook, and their kinsmen. For Asians, perhaps. For Africans and Hispanics, it seems. But not for Euro-Americans - and not for the yet-unborn Captain Kirks of my people.
Reflecting upon this, I am reminded of the single most moving line ever uttered in any Star Trek episode, in any of the various series. It was a line from John Masefield's "Sea Fever", and the words were spoken by Captain James T. Kirk:
"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by."
Those words, and the haunting ones that followed, captured the very essence of Kirk's soul, and the reasons why he had sought his destiny among the stars. As a young boy, I never forgot those words. They spoke of my reasons too - of my own dreams - and of the future I hoped would be.
But the future is not to be mine, I have been told. The future that's coming will never know a single Scotsman, a single Englishman, a single Russian, a single German, a single Euro-American. All will be as the dodo bird and the mastodon, dead and gone forever. And if that's the future the multiculturalists have in store for us, shouldn't we try with all our might to stop them?
author of the sci-fi novel, "Hold Back This Day"
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