Monday, September 20, 2021

Micro Mention "Hidden Figures"

Margot Lee Shetterly

I recall many an idiotic conversation where it was positioned to me that black men and women just don’t contribute as much. An immediate refutation to that is Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures,” the book that inspired the excellent movie.

These women did their jobs as part of our fledgling space program, not just as good as white men and women but often better. The pressure to be accepted at the table was incredibly immense because not only were they women when women were treated as inferiors but also black when a lot of whites didn't consider them even people.

The truth of the matter is we wouldn't have just been poorer as a nation without the contributions and insight of people like Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson—but poorer as a species. A fine mind can rest in the skull of any person, of any race, gender, or sexual preference. To pretend otherwise is as childish as it is willfully stupid.

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