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Whitey’s no longer on the moon


Most of us having grown up in the media envelope of modern society are familiar with Gil Scott Heron’s “Whitey on the Moon”:

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)
The man jus’ upped my rent las’ night.
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
I wonder why he’s uppi’ me?
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon?)
I wuz already payin’ ‘im fifty a week.
(with Whitey 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 shit wuzn’t enough:
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face an’ arm began to swell.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Was all that money I made las’ year
(for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain’t no money here?
(Hmm! 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)

The gist of the poem is that while the people at the economic top of society are exploring space, the ethnic underclass are impoverished and miserable.

We might call the predominant lyrical device here guilt. By “juxtaposing” (that’s a sophomore English major word) the accomplishments of white people with the misery of black people, Scott Heron illustrates the plight of the black as occurring as a result of the fortune of the white, and implies that guilt should exist for this disparity.

How would this guilt be fixed, in order to make white people not feel horrible?

Why, by getting rid of those moon flights and spending the money on social programs instead. And that’s exactly what happened in the 40 years since Scott Heron penned this song.

Now who’s on the moon? China is. How did they get there? By not spending their money on social programs for ethnic underclasses.

Since the 1950s, the expansion in the US budget has been primarily in the area of social entitlements, including welfare, education, affirmative action/diversity and other programs designed to help ethnic underclasses. We have literally spent ourselves bankrupt doing this.

Have they been successful? We have a black guy in the white house, but that’s mainly because he’s the pet of white liberals. Other than those employed in government or sports/entertainment, most black people remain impoverished, and to them we’ve added other ethnic groups.

By doing so, we have sacrificed our lead not just in space travel but in uncountable other things. We are dragging our society downward with the ideological requirement of diversity.

This is not the fault of black people, or white people. Diversity does not work. Two things cannot occupy the same space without destroying each other. And that is what is happening in America.

A more sensible viewpoint is to realize that between the extremes of “racism” (hatred of one ethnic group) and “anti-racism” (hatred of the existence of any unbroken ethnic group) there is a third option, which is to realize that diversity doesn’t work.

It’s no one’s fault. It was a bad idea. Reparations with repatriation, let’s go back to a mono-ethnic WASP state, and then let’s explore the stars again. Our other option is a path downward with no end.

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