Sunday, November 9, 2008

Ray Bradbury Examines Race Relations in His Short Story "The Other Foot" (1951)

In light of Barack Obama becoming the first African-American elected president, The Liberty Zone, a blog about “life, politics, guns, fun, friends and anything else that pops into my head, forcing me to take out my frustrations on my keyboard,” notes that Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Other Foot” (1951) examines human race relations on Mars.

Here’s a description of Bradbury's story, taken from Wikipedia:
"Mars has been colonized solely by black people. When they learn that a rocket is coming from Earth with white travelers, they institute a Jim Crow system of racial segregation in which white people are to be considered second-class citizens, in retaliation for the history of wrongs perpetrated on their race by white people. When the rocket lands, the traveler tells them that most of the Earth has been destroyed in a war and asks for their help. The people realize that discrimination is harmful in all its forms, and reverse their planned segregation."

The Other Foot” and several other Bradbury short stories about Mars were originally published in his The Illustrated Man (1951).

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