Biden to Make Landing on the Moon… About Race

Biden to Make Landing on the Moon... About Race

( – Thomas Jefferson’s 1776 Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal,” and that ideal is one that the United States has built upon. Americans have strived for centuries to make this nation one that supports equality, where the government gives everyone the same level of opportunity and assistance. However, President Joe Biden is now hoping to make this nation about equity by putting a female of color on the moon.

Equality Vs. Equity – What’s the Difference?

There are many laws in this nation, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that provide citizens with equality. By ensuring employers, businesses, and the government do not treat someone differently because of their race, sex, religious affiliation, or national origin, every person has the same level of opportunity and assistance.

In recent years, though, Democrats have been pushing for equity, where the government provides additional support to some groups that it deems worthy or in need of extra assistance. However, this means someone in the government is choosing one group, often a minority, over another to receive assistance, which many Americans think is in conflict with the Civil Rights Act.

Biden’s 2023 Budget Proposal

The White House recently released its 2023 budget proposal, which announced that diversity, equity, and inclusion would be at the forefront of every aspect of the budget. For example, the proposed budget is giving NASA an additional $2.7 billion in funding. Approximately $7.5 billion of the agency’s overall budget will go to the Artemis lunar exploration mission, which must, according to the budget, put the “first woman and person of color on the Moon” by 2025.

An additional $150 million in the NASA budget is going to “engagement of underserved populations, including underserved students and people of color.” This is not the only federal agency getting a budget earmarked for equity. The Department of Transportation would receive an additional $20 million in this budget “to promote equity and inclusion,” while the State Department gets a whopping $2.6 billion for advancing “gender equity and equality across a broad range of sectors.”

While Biden’s budget is still just a proposal, it could provide billions of dollars to federal agencies in the name of equity.

Is Equity the Downfall of Equality?

Affirmative action was many Americans’ first major experience of equity, as colleges and universities accepted minority students into their programs over non-minority students with better academic scores and resumes. Now, as the federal government hopes to make more programs that prioritize one group over another, it begs the question: does America still believe all people are created equal?

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