AN inspiring letter by Leonard Nimoy to a teenage victim of racism has resurfaced online.
Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of logic-bound Mr Spock in the Star Trek science fiction television series and movies, died on Friday aged 83 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
His message, which appeared in US teen magazine Fave in 1968, was a response to a letter by the girl in a previous edition, in which she described being shunned because of the colour of her skin.
The letter, addressed to Mr Spock, said in part: “I know you are half Vulcan and half human and you have suffered because of this. My mother is Negro and my father is white and I am told this makes me a half-breed . . . I guess I’ll never have any friends.”
The magazine said Nimoy had become so interested in the girl’s plight that he had penned a letter, explaining how Mr Spock had overcome similar prejudice.
In the column, he reveals how his character had been shunned by Vulcan children because he was different.
And he tells the girl – identified only as FC – the only way to overcome such prejudice is not to try to fit in with the bullies, but to work out what you have to offer the world.
Among the tributes that have flooded in following the news of Nimoy’s death was US President Barack Obama’s: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. . . I loved Spock.”
Star Trek cast member George Takei wrote on Facebook: “. . . We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long and Prosper’, and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”
– The Telegraph, Reuters