|His dream would have ushered the next step of Western Civilization...|
But it was Norman Mailer in His Apollo 11 book, Of a Fire on the Moon, who penned the most unforgettable portrait of von Braun at the Cape. During the prelaunch press conference, the Marshall director stole the show from Mueller, Debus, and the others when he issued the most quotable line of the afternoon. “When asked how he evaluated the importance of the act of putting a man on the moon, Von Braun answered, “I think it is equal in importance to that moment in evolution when aquatic life came crawling up on land.” (p. 431)
Along with the other civil rights leaders, you have often proposed a massive program of economic aid, financed by the Federal Government, to improve the lot of the nation’s 20,000,000 million Negroes. Just one of the projects you’ve mentioned… is expected to cost $141,000,000 over the next ten years, and that includes only Harlem. A nationwide program such as you propose would undoubtedly run into the billions.
About 50 billion, actually – which is less than one year of our present defense spending. It is my belief that with the expenditure of this amount over a ten-year period, a genuine and dramatic transformation could be achieved in the conditions of Negro life in America. I am positive, moreover, that the money spend would be more than amply justified by the benefits that would accrue to the nation through a spectacular decline in school dropouts, family breakups, crime rates, illegitimacy, swollen relief rolls, rioting and other social evils.
|The implementation of his dream has led to the complete collapse of Western Civilization....|
Once beneath the stars, in the mind of Wernher Von Braun, the universe was ours; today, beneath those same stars, our cities regress to the black mean of the inhabitants found there.
Forget the stars, Detroit in 2014 isn't even ours.
With all due to respect to Wernher Von Braun, the moment when we understand racism has nothing to do with the plight of black America, and everything to do with those racial differences evolution slipped into our genetic code (thus, reverting our national policy and efforts away from fulfilling Martin Luther King's fantasy and back to Von Braun's dream)... well, that's the moment we can look back to the stars and smile.
Remembering the tangible reality of evolution and how it touched the various races of mankind via the ruins of Detroit, and smiling when we once again see - in person - its reality via the American flag white men planted on the moon back on July 20, 1969.