NYT: Evil Regime Won the Space Race, for Diversity or Something
America may have put the first man on the moon, but the Soviet Union sent the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit — all years before the U.S. would follow suit https://t.co/DrTZYxvbD7— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 18, 2019
The article and tweet would make ex-New York Times Moscow bureau chief Walter Duranty and any other Stalin lackey proud.
The Times' dared to claim the Soviet Union won the space race, at least in terms of diversity.
The radical proclamation comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface.
Per the Washington Examiner:
Sure, it is neat that humanity in 1969 left Earth to set foot on an astronomical body not its own, marking man's greatest achievement to date, but did you know the Apollo 11 space program was also overwhelmingly white and male?
This is a real complaint being raised on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by real people in real newsrooms.
The accompanying article, titled "How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality," is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds, especially the kicker, which reads, "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."
This is pro-Soviet Union agitprop.
Mass killings in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1987 include:
- The Red Terror: 300,000 to 500,000 deaths
- Stalin's Gulags: around 1.7 million deaths
- Stalin's kulak forced resettlement: roughly 390,000 deaths
- Stalin's man-made famine-genocide in Ukraine: 3.3 to 7.5 million deaths
- NKVD's 1930 operations: 247,157 executed
- Great Purge: 950,000-1,200,000 executed
- Terror against the clergy: over 100,000 priests, monks, and nuns executed
- NKVD World War II killings: roughly 200,000 executions
- NKVD special camps in post-war Germany: 80,000-100,000 executed as part of denazification.
- Total death toll under Stalin: about 20 million
- 1956 Hungarian Revolution: 7,000 deaths
- Soviet-Afghan War: up to 2.1 million deaths