|From 2010, the Detroit City Council members. Yes, all members were black... the city is the black capital of America|
On July 16, an estimated “1,00,000 earthlings, a record outpouring for a launch, had jammed the beaches near the Cape to give Apollo 11 a lusty, shoulder-to-shoulder send off. Among the gathered multitude were Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, Lady Bird and former President Lyndon Johnson, Senator Barry Goldwater, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, 200 congressmen, 100 foreign ministers, and 275 leaders of commerce and industry. CBS reporter Charles Kuralt observed that Americans had gone “moon mad.” Time, in contrast, asked, “Is the moon white?”
“On launch day,” the magazine continued, “the VIP grandstand was a miniature Who’s Who of white America; it was disturbing to notice that black faces were scarce.” Opposition to the expensive space program was especially strong inside the nation’s African American community. “Texas, with its oil wells, large farms, and now space center of the world, symbolizes the affluent America,” said Herbert James, the black field director of the National Welfare Rights Organization, “but there exists in this great state a despicable amount of poverty. Starvation and hunger are taking place within miles of the space center.”
A "mule-cart procession of the Poor People’s March, led by Ralph Abernathy,” also arrived to protest the Moon launch on July 16. When the civil rights leaders saw the Apollo 11 liftoff, however, “he forgot about poverty and prayer for the safety of the men.” At least temporarily, the Moon landing generated an unprecedented level of interest in the space program, although some cohorts were clearly more excited by the telecast than others. “If to many the moon seemed white, it also seemed middle-aged,” Time further surmised; “the young, who have grown up in the TV and space age, seemed the most blasé of all. (p. 272-273)
NASA Mission Control in Houston, 1969: white America's footprint is on the moon; black America's footprint is 2014 Detroit
A few days earlier, in a special report on the thirteenth District, the local NBC affiliate had called him “George Crockett, Third World congressman” – a reference to both his ideology and the devastation of his district. Crockett chose to take the reference as a compliment.
“Third World?” he mused. “Well, there’s something to that. Detroit is the black capital of the United States. When I first ran for City Council, back in 1965, I predicted that within ten years Detroit would be a majority black city with a black leadership, and I was right. One problem of postcolonial societies is a lack of prepared leadership cadres, especially in places like Angola and Mozambique, which were under Portuguese rule. We’re not quite that bad, but there’s room for comparison.
“We had a white outflow that I’m not aware has been duplicated in any other metropolitan area in the United States,” he continued. “There is urban-suburban animosity because whites lost money in running, and because they still want access to the library, the symphony, the ballpark, and getting to them is inconvenient. So, that way, too, there is room for comparison to a postcolonial situation.” (p. 118-119)
When a white immigrant from Australia moves to Detroit to seek his “American Dream” (being a slumlord tenant in an 83 percent black city is somehow a ‘dream’) and gets murdered by one of the black tenants he is evicting, you learn the true nature of what the city being the capital of black America means: one of the people who attacked him – before he was shot to death - stated, ''I'm tired of you white people.' [Detroit witness: 'Kill the dude', The Age World (Australia), 5-28-11]
A pro-black, anti-white mindset permeates throughout modern, 83 percent black Detroit. After all, to quote Crockett, it's "the black capital of America."
Once, it was federal policy for Americans to reach for the stars; to reach for the heavens.