NYT: Yeah, Well, the Soviets Sent Women and Minorities into Space First

Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Well, unless you believe we never landed on the moon, or that the Illuminati actually established a moon base centuries ago, or whatever your particular religious beliefs may be. But for red-blooded Americans with all their marbles, this week is a celebration of the second-greatest achievement in human history, right after air conditioning.

And just like air conditioning is bad, putting a man on the moon was bad. At least according to our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media.

Did you know that the space race was sexist and racist? Of course it was!

MAN LANDS ON MOON: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit

In the immortal words of John F. Kennedy: "We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy, but because it oppresses women and people of color."

But you know who was much more #woke? You know who showed more respect for the important principles of inclusion and diversity? You guessed it: the Soviets!

Sophie Pinkham, NYT:

How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality

The Cold War was fought as much on an ideological front as a military one, and the Soviet Union often emphasized the sexism and racism of its capitalist opponents — particularly the segregated United States. And the space race was a prime opportunity to signal the U.S.S.R.’s commitment to equality...

On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova, a 26-year-old factory worker-turned-cosmonaut, became the first woman in space...

In July 1980, Vietnamese pilot Phạm Tuân became the first Asian and the first person from a developing country to travel to space...

Just two months after Phạm’s voyage, the Cuban Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez became the first person of African descent to go to space...

Cosmonaut diversity was key for the Soviet message to the rest of the globe: Under socialism, a person of even the humblest origins could make it all the way up.

In other words: Don't look at that mountain of corpses. Forget all the human misery. Communism sent women and minorities into space before America did, you filthy capitalist pigs!

Yeah, well, only 12 people in the history of the world have ever walked on the Moon, and they were all Americans. Sorry that none of them were women, or Asians, or transgender lesbian Maori dwarves. Sorry we didn't hit our quota. Sorry it's not good enough for WaPo and the NYT. We were too busy getting the job done. That's why America has a flag up there and the commies don't.

Cry more, Ivan!