I can't pay no doctor bills
But whitey's on the moon
Ten years from now I'll be payin' still
While whitey's on the moon

from Gil Scott-Heron – Whitey On The Moon on Rap Genius


The passage is less about white people reaching the moon than it is about the government’s misplaced priorities in sending people to space without a clear purpose, while people on the ground are suffering under crippling financial burdens, due in part to a lack of government intervention in their struggle, a cause with a clear purpose, after all.

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