Whitey on the Moon (1970)

In this spoken word poem, Scott-Heron uses the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission to call out the government’s skewed funding priorities. He presents a litany of problems facing Black Americans—from medical debt to awful housing conditions—all punctuated by the phrase “Whitey’s on the moon.” Scott-Heron points out the irony of his tax money funding a white man’s extravagant mission to space while he and his community suffer from government neglect and discrimination.
Gil Scott-Heron
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Group of adults listening to one person speaking.

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