I’ve recently been involved in a few discussions regarding race in science fiction. The majority of the science fiction I’ve read in my four plus decades almost always featured white, male protagonists. It’s only in more recent years that I’ve been able to find more diversity – women and characters of different races. My own science fiction writing reflects what, for many years, was a lack of what I was always looking for. Several of my main characters are of mixed race, reflecting my view that as the centuries pass humanity’s races will interbreed more and more until it will be unusual to find someone who isn’t of mixed race.
But the discussions I’ve been involved in recently have led me to question my point of view. The question I’m asking myself now is will humanity ever get over its entrenched racism? Even if everyone were of mixed race, would certain mixes discriminate against others? Would people with lighter skin colors discriminate against darker or vice versa? Is my viewpoint, that once everyone is of mixed race then race will cease to matter, just me looking at the future while wearing rose-colored glasses? I don’t know the answer? What do you think? Links to books, online discussions, etc, would be much appreciated.
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