NASA this week launched a brand new “equity” mission to recruit individuals from extra various backgrounds — however it was rapidly derided on-line as an pointless woke step towards “critical space theory.”
The space company launched its “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities in NASA Programs, Contracts and Grants” program on Tuesday, sharing a video of staffers of various racial backgrounds delivering the brand new inclusive message.
“At NASA, we’re on a mission of equity, launching opportunity… to reach those we’ve never reached before … To shatter boundaries and break down barriers across America,” the staffers say.
The company stated it desires to succeed in those that are “Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color” as nicely as “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons.”
It can also be searching for “members of religious minorities,” individuals with disabilities and “individuals in any other case adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.“
“NASA is a 21st-century agency with 22nd-century goals. To be successful, it’s critical that NASA takes a comprehensive approach to address the challenges to equity we see today,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated in an announcement.
“Because when NASA opens doors to talent previously left untapped, the universe is the limit.”
White House Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice was amongst those that hailed it as a daring new step, tweeting that “@NASA just launched one of its most impactful missions yet.”
But it quickly got here beneath hearth, with former US Space Force unit Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier telling Fox News that it was “potentially even illegally discriminatory.”
He insisted that “NASA has historically been … a symbol of inclusion and equal opportunity” the place anybody can “rise up based on your merit … and actually do very important things for the country.”
“Do we really want to walk the road that will cause us to abandon Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of having a colorless society? We’re starting once again to judge people by the color of their skin,” he advised Tucker Carlson.
The space company was additionally ripped on-line, with many evaluating it to “critical race theory” that has sparked protests at faculties throughout the US.
“In other words: sending marxism/ communism/ socialism to space and beyond,” another person complained, pleading, “Stop the madness!”
Frank Wolf Connell, in the meantime, insisted that “diversity check boxes have no business in space.”
“Race, creed, color, gender shouldn’t even be a consideration we need the best and brightest in these roles … NASA shouldn’t waste it’s very limited resources to check boxes for political brownie points.”
Others accused the company of advantage signaling. “Just do it, don’t signal it to everyone … don’t showboat,” one person tweeted in reply to the announcement.
Others teased Rice for her suggesting it was such an essential mission.
“You know what China’s space agency is doing? Space stuff,” somebody tweeted her.