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First Black Female NASA Engineer Hidden No More | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

 

Ali Velshi look back on the role of Mary Winston Jackson in the history of NASA, a legacy that has earned her the honor of having the NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. renamed after her. Aired on 02/27/2021.
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First Black Female NASA Engineer Hidden No More | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

44 comments

    1. @Brie Lassiter – This video presents race, as does BHM. I just want to know, what the commenters race is, and if race is the reason this subject is elevated.

    2. @Bat Boy seeing someone who looks like you in a STEM field— or any field for that matter— is incredibly inspiring. It can be based on race, gender, life experience, anything. Because Mary Jackson was more than just her race. She was a passionate woman of color who didn’t let the backwards rules of society limit her success and what she had to offer. She’s an inspiration to many groups of people, not just black people.

    3. @Bat Boy if you’re speaking about me, no I’m not black. That doesn’t mean I can’t find a black woman’s story inspiring. The barriers she helped to break down allow our black brothers and sisters to reach their potential, something that wasn’t possible at one point in our history. I mean it was 1955 when Rosa Parks took her now famous seat on a bus. In 1965, Dr King lead people like Rep John Lewis and others across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Also in 1965 the Voting Rights Act was passed guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. All 3 stories are inspiring and I have no doubt that many people of every race have gone into certain fields after hearing the harrowing experiences. Your hero’s and those that inspire you do not have to be of the same race or gender as you. Inspiration can come from any and every where. So I’m not exactly sure what angle your question of race is attempting to take.

    4. @Bat Boy Bat Boy, that is dumb comment man. Take it down. Man, it is better to be quiet and let people figure out if you are dumb then spew junk and let people know you are dumb. Just my 2cents.

    5. @KCs Funhouse – this video brought up the issue of race. This original post brought up the issue of race. Hence my question about race.

      My point is, that skin color should not be more of an issue than hair color. It doesn’t matter what color you are. It doesn’t matter what race you are. She is not a great black engineer, she’s just a great engineer. So I highly doubt she is the greatest or pioneer in her field. So, people are inspired by the fact she was black, and achieved it. Why? We’re white people holding her back? Perhaps they had a role in helping her achieve that status.

      And to say she is an inspiration to blacks, is condescending to them, placing them in a below status to be uplifted to. This is born out of guilt of injustice done to many blacks in the past.

      I don’t think BHM should exist.
      I don’t think systemic racism exists. Bias, prejudice…yes. But not systemic racism.

      And saying “why isn’t there a white history month”, and “all lives matter” are completely valid.

      The definition of a racist is some one who believes one race is better than another. That is a very high bar to clear, that only the KKK and Nazis believe. So, systemic racism isn’t happening.

  1. If only there was some index whereby we could quantify how quietly inspirational this simple monument is, compared to the cultural noise created by some genocidal dude on a horse.

  2. They should also name a high school after her, so young people of all backgrounds can aspire to pursue math and science, or otherwise follow her lead.

    1. @kamion53 You dont seem to get it . Military bases are named after Military generals not scientist . labs are named after Scientist /

    2. @No Name You understand why conspiracy theories are rampant in the Republican party, right? Because you love to take things out of context and spin-it into what it’s not. Hence the lack of examination or context to what was actually said.
      Then you believe your own twisted versions.

    1. You meant, I think, ‘this is a very young and resentful nation’? And resentful of what exactly?

      This is, in actual fact, a very OLD country which was populated by myriad different peoples who used to know how to manage themselves – mutual self-organisation – manage trade with each other across language and cultural barriers, and also manage their Life-support systems before they were made to suffer the first white-engineered scorched earth holocaust.

      Then they committed a second holocaust against enslaved Africans. That one we might say is still on-going with the daily gunning down of largely innocent black men and also women; the under-resourcing of their communities and the starvation wages they get payed….. I could go on…..

  3. The amount of discrimination black people faced in those days is just chilling! Think of all the lost potential that discrimination has caused. About time!

    1. I know you probably didn’t mean to exclude it, but think about the injustice, pain and loss to personhood it caused, which passes through generations. Lives which matter.

  4. This is the sort of person for whom the phrase, “You go, girl!” was invented! 😀 I got a chill just watching this vid!

    1. that would be appropriate. replace the disgraced losing confederates monuments with SUCCESSFUL BLACK HERO’S.
      .
      i call them hero’s because they achieved success while fighting injustice (racism) to do so.

      BTW i’m white

  5. I don’t think she has been hidden. I have known her contributions for years. Perhaps the educational system has not mentioned her but those in the field know very well of the outstanding work that she did.

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