Leland Melvin blasted into space twice. However, in a new interview with Bill Nye, a former NASA astronaut describes an exotic racism of the experience, you can almost certainly destroyed his life.
As early as in a broad one-hour session(on a space flight, racial injustice, and Science)introduced by the Planetary Society, Nye asked Melvin(4:38)on the ongoing protests against systemic racism in the United States Melvin, who is Black, tells the story of his own grim encounters with the racism of the regulation: in the evening of his high school graduation, a country soldier grabbed Melvin’s girlfriend away from their car. Then, the officials tried to bully her into producing the, Melvin”raped her, because he wanted to(Melvin)go to jail.”
Melvins’girlfriend will not lie, he was eventually not arrested for a false crime. Melvin’s career will blossom. After working as an engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center, Melvin, and eventually become a NASA astronaut. He flew two missions of the Shuttle to the International Space Station, most recently in 2009. But a single racist encounter it is possible to end this all before, it didn’t start.
“I think what you and I wouldn’t be having this conversation, because now I would have been in the prison system,”Meyers letter V. Nai. “Once you get into that system it is difficult to get out.”