Notes on White Culture from Space

For the past few Current Years, the idea of white identity and white culture has become a topic of discussion, most of the time being a target of hatred and criticism. Take a stroll through Black Twitter and you’ll likely see dozens of Tweets declaring that white people have no culture. These attacks are pathetic attempts by mostly non-whites to deconstruct white identity – due out of their sheer jealousy and envy. They hate that their respective races have not even come close to the achievements of Europeans, and it shows. They will never admit to it, but when any objective viewer steps back and looks at human history, they will have to concede that Europeans are at the forefront of most of the finest accomplishments of the entire human race.

In 1977, NASA established the Voyager space program to study the outer Solar System. Aboard each of the program’s two robotic probes (Voyager 1 and Voyager 2) sits the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph record containing sounds and images meant to communicate the story of the world of humans on Earth to any intelligent extraterrestrial life. They are a snapshot of the human race and our planet. Here is an excerpt of President Jimmy Carter’s official statement placed on the Voyager spacecraft for its trip outside the Solar System, June 16, 1977:

“This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.”

The most important part of this story is the contents of the Voyager Golden Record, which were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan. The opening greeting of the record is spoken in English by then-Secretary General of the United Nations, Kurt Waldheim. Waldheim was the 9th president of Austria and served as an intelligence officer in the Wehrmacht during World War II. (Yes, that’s right, NASA chose Literally Hitler to be the first representative of the human race to greet alien life form. Let that sink in.) After Waldheim’s greeting there are spoken greetings in 55 different languages, with most European languages being represented.

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Voyager Golden Record

Following the section of greetings and a section of natural sounds from the planet, there’s a musical section from many cultures, bookended by European composers. The first track is J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, First Movement.” In the middle you have a famous aria from Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute.” Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” also makes an appearance. Finally, Beethoven closes the musical section with his “Cavatina.”

European culture is one of conquerors, explorers, scientists, artists, and thinkers. It’s the opera, the ballet, space travel and life-saving vaccines. It’s inventions make all of humanity’s life more enjoyable. It’s the Second Movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. It’s the invention of new art forms such as motion pictures and music genres. We must never tolerate anyone denouncing or deconstructing our identity or what our ancestors have contributed to our world. The next time someone tries to tell you that “wypipo don’t have no culture,” simply point to the Voyager Golden Record. As a society, we decided to communicate mostly white culture to any potential alien life abroad. If that fact doesn’t prove white culture is the best culture, I don’t know what will. You can listen to the Voyager Golden Record on Spotify.

The artist is National Space Administration and the album is The Voyager Interstellar Record.

-By Michael

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