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Spock: Half-Vulcan. Half-Human. All Outsider Role Model.

In the “Biracial and Multiracial Identity” class she teaches at California State University, Northridge, Teresa Williams-León, a professor of Asian-American studies, includes the stories of Spock; Barack Obama (a self-avowed Spock fan); and Tabitha, the half-mortal daughter on “Bewitched.” For Ms. Williams-León, there’s something telling about Spock’s need to choose one of his selves over the other, rather than integrating the two. “He had to subdue his emotional side to become more cerebral and logical,” she said. “So that’s problematic. But it’s an interesting way of looking at how biracial people have had to suppress aspects of themselves, or one part of themselves.”

The New York Times




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