Retired African American astronaut: I’m not afraid to go to space, but I’m afraid to be stopped by the police

Lilan Melvin was born in Virginia in 1964. As an expert on the space shuttle Atlantis mission, he went into space twice in 2008 and 2009, and stayed in space for more than 565 hours. < p > < p > on the 31st local time, Melvin made a speech at an aviation summit to recall his life experience. When he graduated from high school, he was stopped by police while driving with his girlfriend and charged with rape. The police said they wanted him to go to jail. < / P > < p > “I’ve been in a rocket that pushes millions of pounds into space, and I’ve never been afraid. But when the police stopped me, I didn’t even know what to do I’m sweating and I’m holding the steering wheel in my hands. ” < / P > < p > Melvin explained the subconscious action at that moment: “in the African American community, every father teaches his son that if he is questioned by the police in the car, he should keep his hands flat on the steering wheel. And tell the officer you’re in awe of him and keep your hands in a prominent position all the time. ” < / P > < p > at that time, he applied for a scholarship to go to university, and a disaster of imprisonment was enough to ruin his life. Fortunately, he didn’t end up in jail. After graduating from University, he joined NASA until his retirement in 2014. < / P > < p > when he saw the news that George Freud was killed by police brutality, he was deeply touched: “I heard him cry when he called for his mother. I think of my mother. I think that if I die, it’s me < / P > < p > the working experience of the international space station made Melvin understand the importance of multiculturalism. He was invited to the Russian cabin for dinner, where he met astronauts from different countries and ethnic groups. He was invited by Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the international space station. < / P > < p > Melvin calls for tolerance and unity. Just like in the space station, if the astronauts don’t work together, they are likely to die. In the universe, human beings are a whole, a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural civilization. It is solidarity that enables people to survive on earth, land on the moon and explore Mars. < / P > < p > Lilan Melvin got away from the police and became an astronaut to explore the vast universe, but some people are not so lucky. Recently, violent law enforcement incidents against African Americans and other people of color by American police continue to appear. < / P > < p > according to a survey recently released by the Brookings think tank of the United States, when it comes to the violent law enforcement of the United States police, people often call it a case of “several bad fruits”, but “bad fruits” grow on decaying trees, and decaying trees are law enforcement systems full of structural racism. < / P > < p > since the “Freud’s death” incident in May, there has been a wave of protests across the United States. In August, Blake, an African American man, was shot several times by the police, and many people demonstrated. < p > < p > 57 years ago, Martin Luther King, the leader of the African American civil rights movement, delivered a speech there: “I have a dream that one day my four children will live in a country where they will not be judged by their skin color, but by their character.”