‘Whitey On The Moon’: First Black Astronaut To Orbit The Moon Uses 70s Poem To Make Space About Race | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is John Rigolizzo.

    The first Black astronaut to orbit the moon is making the space race about race.

    Victor Glover was named as the pilot of next year's Artemis II mission to the moon; the first person of color to fly a mission to the moon. But in an interview with Axios Monday, Glover said that the United States is in a similar place as it was when the Apollo program was launched. To illustrate his perspective, he uses the 1970 poem "Whitey on the Moon."

    "Honestly, I started listening to [the poem] in the car to talk with my colleagues about it," Glover told Axios. "I live in the America that sent me to space, told my grandfather he couldn't fly during the Korean conflict when he was enlisted, but he got to sit and watch me fly. We live in a very complicated country."

    "Whitey on the Moon" was written by jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron in 1970, and a performance of it was released on his album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. In it, Scott-Heron complains about the money being spent on the Apollo program, while black Americans struggle with debt, poverty, and high taxes. The lyrics (in part) are as follows:

    A rat done bit my sister Nell.

    (with Whitey on the moon)

    Her face and arms began to swell.

    (and Whitey's on the moon)

    I can't pay no doctor bill.

    (but Whitey's on the moon)

    Ten years from now I'll be payin' still.

    (while Whitey's on the moon) ...

    Taxes takin' my whole damn check,

    Junkies makin' me a nervous wreck,

    The price of food is goin' up,

    An' as if all that s*** wasn't enough ...

    Was all that money I made las' year

    (for Whitey on the moon?)

    How come there ain't no money here?

    (Hm! Whitey's on the moon)

    Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill

    (of Whitey on the moon)

    I think I'll sen' these doctor bills,

    Airmail special

    (to Whitey on the moon)

    In the 1960s and 70s, most Americans were skeptical of the space program, saying that the U.S. was spending too much on spaceflight, according to a 2012 report from The Atlantic. Black activists especially, Scott-Heron among them, criticized the program for wasting money that could have gone to help struggling poor blacks.

    Glover told Axios that the situation is in much the same place today in regards to skeptics. "Where we were in 1968, when humans first set out on this voyage, our country is in a very similar place now," he said. "And it's important to recognize and respect those skeptics."

    Glover himself spoke out on politics during the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020. He told the outlet that NASA understood his identity when he was hired. "When I came to NASA, you know, they said, 'Hey, we hired you because of who you are,'" he said. "OK. Cool. You get all of it."


    Glover was named pilot of Artemis II, the first manned mission to the moon in nearly 50 years, on April 3. "The Artemis II crew represents thousands of people working tirelessly to bring us to the stars," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement. "This is their crew, this is our crew, this is humanity's crew. NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Hammock Koch, and CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen, each has their own story, but, together, they represent our creed: E pluribus unum - out of many, one. Together, we are ushering in a new era of exploration for a new generation of star sailors and dreamers - the Artemis Generation."

It has been far too many years since the Woke theology interlaced its canons within the fabric of the Indoctrination Realm, so it is nigh time to ask: Does this Representative Republic continue, as a functioning society of a self-governed people, by contending with the unusual, self absorbed dictates of the Woke, and their vast array of Victimhood scenarios?
  Yes, the Religion of Woke must continue; there are so many groups of underprivileged, underserved, a direct result of unrelenting Inequity; they deserve everything.
  No; the Woke fools must be toppled from their self-anointed pedestal; a functioning society of a good Constitutional people cannot withstand this level of "existential" favoritism as it exists now.
  I just observe; with this thoughtful observation: What will happen "when the Vikings are breeching our walls;" how do the Woke react?
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Big Bob said:
( June 2nd, 2023 @ 9:03 am )
Correct. Non productive class.....Orwell would be impressed.
( June 1st, 2023 @ 9:15 am )
So, your racism comment is reflective of the post by the Daily Wire, and not my comment regarding the non productive class juxtaposed against the productive class when all was at stake in 1969.
Big Bob said:
( June 1st, 2023 @ 9:10 am )
Read the first sentence of your original post. The very first sentence.

"The first Black astronaut to orbit the moon is making the space race about race".
( June 1st, 2023 @ 12:44 am )
Big Bob, you Leftists see everything in terms of Democratic Socialism, while I see everything in terms of logic from wisdom, and you rise to the timmerity to challenge me with my: "hurt feeling because you hear about racism."

First, I did not mention Race, secondly neither did the poem. In fact the originator of the poem is complaining about The Great Society being ineffectual, but misses the mark on the solution.

However Big Bob, as a Leftist, you understand the causational core to be 'Racism.' And from what you explain as the fix is to cry "racism."

Thank God there are few Leftist that are called upon to fix stuff, make stuff, and even properly explain stuff.
Big Bob said:
( May 31st, 2023 @ 6:36 pm )
I'm far less concerned about your hurt feeling because you hear about racism than I am about the feelings of those who experience it. Buck up, buttercup.
( May 31st, 2023 @ 6:05 pm )
"Whitey on the Moon" is a catchy melody of a poem; however, its message suggests a zero sum gain between NASA and Societal costs for the non productive class, and I will always believe that society benefits far greater from the technological advancements of NASA rather than paying towards the advancement of the "The Great Society."

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