Spock was half human and half Vulcan. Humans took one look at him and ‘saw’ Vulcan, and coded as such. And Vulcans ‘knew’ he wasn’t really Vulcan because of his invisible human-ness. Spock was bi-racial. But he didn’t look like a half-human half Vulcan. He coded as Vulcan. For someone who looked white, but was bi-racial, that had a huge impact on me. Spock was the closest thing I had ever seen in my life, even to this day, to a role model. As a kid, it blew my mind. There was Spock and that was it as far as ‘light not white’ me.
— Tobias Buckell, “Thank you, Mr. Nimoy. Your portrayal of a mixed race person had a big impact on me.”