Knight Templar wrote:
We hear lots of talk about a Star Trek series needing a "diverse cast".
"Diverse" in this sense seems to always mean different races for the human members of the crew and for different alien species for the nonhuman crew members.
Isn't this a pretty narrow minded view of diversity?
It's the other thing - a pretty broad sense of diversity that makes sense given the character of what Starfleet is. It doesn't matter what your background is, you too can join up to Starfleet's mission and the UFP's basically idealistic goals. It is, indeed, part and parcel of
those goals, emblematic of the idea that the Fed's objectives are in some senses universal, or sufficiently broad as to appeal to an incredibly disparate group of people.
As a consequence:
Junk Star Trek's "modern secular liberalism" as a standard. Because our characters are a diverse group, only a few of our heroes will embrace this particular philosophy.
Why buy into Starfleet if you don't buy into Starfleet's goals?
Over the years Star Trek's shown many outsider characters with perspectives on Starfleet's ideals with varying degrees of cynicism or from other cultural perspectives (Kira Nerys, Quark, Seven of Nine, etc.) - and also citizens of the Federation who don't really buy into the whole 'message' thing, like Picard's cantankerous brother. We've also seen characters - like Nog, Worf and Chakotay - who do not find a contradiction between their religious beliefs and their service in Starfleet.
But if you don't buy into it - why would you apply to join?
Not everyone in the Federation is Human, why would Federation society (and Starfleet's selection process) be determined by Human viewpoints?
Is it, though? I mean obviously humans are a founding race and the capital is Earth and they have an enormously important role in the Federation, but IDIC is, of course, Vulcan. The Federation's utopian ideals don't seem to have been entirely shaped by humans.