R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

from The Guardian

Nobody born after 1935 has walked on the moon. Nobody since the nineteen thirties. The children of eight decades since have still not made it back there, or reached further to touch the red dust of Mars.

Neil Armstrong’s death means that the first man on the Moon will never meet the first man on Mars. It is a chilling reminder that we are unlikely to reach another planet in the lifetimes of any of the surviving Apollo astronauts. It may not happen in my parents’ lifetimes. I’m beginning to lose faith that it will even happen in my lifetime. How have we allowed this to happen?

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5 thoughts on “R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

  1. Nobody born after 1935 has walked on the moon. Nobody since the nineteen thirties. The children of eight decades since have still not made it back there, or reached further to touch the red dust of Mars.

    Neil Armstrong’s death means that the first man on the Moon will never meet the first man on Mars. It is a chilling reminder that we are unlikely to reach another planet in the lifetimes of any of the surviving Apollo astronauts. It may not happen in my parents’ lifetimes. I’m beginning to lose faith that it will even happen in my lifetime. How have we allowed this to happen?

    Prioritizing the wrong things, for one.

    Dismissing large groups of people from the space program, for another. Too many people were discounted because they didn’t possess the white…I mean, the RIGHT stuff…

    Whites who believe that PoC aren’t interested in science, learning, reading, and higher education in general, are self-deluded fools. Unfortunately, there are a lot of PoC who claim that wanting an education is ‘acting white’. I’ve been called an ‘Oreo’ too many times to count, by people of all colours. 🙄

  2. We have a broken system where education is concerned. In urban communities throughout the United States with schools that are failing with subpar teachers and parents that are uneducated. Alot of children are being left behind. Math, sciences, technology, medicine. The people who immigrate to this country excel in these areas. The more I learn about the system in America that is opressing African Americans and POC is ignorance begets ignorance. Being articulate and well read is not acting white. That mentality is what is killing our people. We need to tighten up. And wake the hell up about what’s happening in the world.

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