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should have, in their minds, been spent on domestic issues. When Sputnik was
launched more than a decade ago, the addition of funds was not a concern; increased
emphasis in math and science were viewed as important contributions to a society that
realistically might endure a third world war involving nuclear weapons.
Two days after all three astronauts returned to earth, the New York Amsterdam
News conducted an informal, walk-up interview with various black New Yorkers to
record their thoughts on the moon walk. Donald Faison, a "resident," explained that "It's
really not important . . . That's the man's thing to avert the people's attention from
what's happening here." Another resident, Steven Ferrer, commented, "I have no
reaction outside of disgust." Finding humor in the fact that "people can involve
themselves in such trifles in the name of mankind when in fact only a few individuals
benefit," Ferrer was convinced that the Apollo mission was "only an ego thing of
international prestige."99 A Bronx resident, Mr. Alfredo Thomas, sarcastically responded
to the inquiry by stating that the "great achievement" was not the moon landing, but the
gall humans possessed to "leave the earth and sweep the earthly problems under the
rug." Another Bronx interviewee thought the federal government "should take the
money and build homes and create jobs for the poor people here, before going up there
to interfere with someone else's world." Readers were left with an unintentional
thought-provoking comment when the respondent hoped that "they" (aliens? American
astronauts? future moon colonists?) should "come down here and do a job on these
people here." One New York City dweller proclaimed the moon landing a "marvels thing
[sic]," yet wondered what exactly was "up there" that was so significant to justify
spending money allocated for space exploration: "Who cares what's up there? I need
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Thompson, Mark A. Space Race: African American Newspapers Respond to Sputnik and Apollo 11, thesis, December 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5115/m1/58/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .