As I watched the SpaceX Dragon Crew launch and the George Floyd protests unfold on YouTube on Saturday, May 30, 2020, I remembered the protest scene from First Man (2018) that stood as a counterpoint in the biopic of Neil Armstrong being the first man on the moon in 1969.
Gil Scott-Heron wrote “Whitey On The Moon” as a response to the problems on earth when millions of dollars were spent to send white men to the moon in 1969. Fifty years later, nothing has changed. George Floyd, a black man, was killed by police, sparking protests, riots and looting on earth. NASA and SpaceX sent white men on the Dragon Crew capsule to the International Space Station.
Updated 06/06/2020: Read my essay on Medium.