The Arty Semite

Advice From Mr. Spock to Biracial Outcast

By Ezra Glinter

  • Print
  • Share Share

We always knew that actor, writer, photographer, and old-Jew extraordinaire Leonard Nimoy was a pretty amazing guy. But now we have evidence that he was even more amazing than we thought.

A blog called My Star Trek Scrapbook has unearthed a 1968 letter Nimoy wrote in FaVE magazine, in response to a biracial fan who was having trouble fitting in because of her background.

“I know that you are half Vulcan and half human and you have suffered because of this,” the fan wrote, explaining that because she had a white father and a black mother, “I guess I’ll never have any friends.”

In response, Nimoy wrote that “Vulcans were no different than humans are when it comes to prejudice,” and that “Spock could save himself from letting prejudice get him down… by really understanding himself and knowing his own value as a person.” It’s pretty touching stuff. See the whole letter after the jump.




Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Star Trek, Spock, Leonard Nimoy

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • “I don’t want to say, ‘Oh oh, I’m not Jewish,’ because when you say that, you sound like someone trying to get into a 1950s country club, “and I love the idea of being Jewish." Are you a fan of Seth Meyers?
  • "If you want my advice: more Palestinians, more checkpoints, just more reality." What do you think?
  • Happy birthday Barbra Streisand! Our favorite Funny Girl turns 72 today.
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.